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Palermo 2007

Page Three

Night at the Opera

Background Music: Vesti La Giubba, by Victor Marchese, Marlene's Uncle!!
'Night of the Opera" !!! Had long awaited this event !!! Glorious Teatro Massimo, built in1875, yearof my grandfather's birth, just up the street about 5 miles. Saw 2 operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and PAGLIACCI. What a thrill, a night I will always remember.
The front of the theatre, horse-drawn carraiges for rent. No more Sicilian painted carts, they are in museums now.
Here is the outside billboard. We waited outside the locked gate for entrance to the performance. Was worried my "on-line" tickets may not work, but they did.Our seats were in the "peanut gallery" but who cares, I was there !!!
This is one of the beautiful statues at the side of the steps to the Opera House. This was truly a "Night to Remember."
After the performance the place was lit-up!A very exciting night !! Everyone was taking pictures and videos, it was the finale of the Opera Season. During Pagliacci, I thought of my Uncle Victor, he sang the famous crying scene alot in his career.
Before the Opera, 2 couples had a special dinner on the Piazza in front of the Theatre.The food was from a nearby restaurant..
Here is the stage. When built in 1800's it was the first one to have a deep stage for the operas. There was room for many backgrounds etc. There was a full symphony orchestra playing. I sneaked these photos, after the performance, not allowed.
Teatro Massimo, one of the largest Opera Houses in Europe, is lavishly decorated within and monumental in size (9200 sq. yds)
The beautiful Opera boxes, 5 floors of them. We were in the center on the 5th floor. The house was packed, the Sicilians buy an opera box for the whole season. The prices are quite reasonable compared to the US Opera tickets.
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Our after-Opera dinner on Via Roma in the Piazza Santa Domenico. Food great ! End of perfect day. Background singing by Uncle Victor Marchese