We saw two short operas. One was called "Cavalleria Rusticana" and the other "Pagliacci". Both centered on themes of adultery and intense drama (wiki does a good job explaining what's going on, but even then the story lines are a bit complex). The story lines can get a bit confusing, so we printed out the synopses beforehand because we knew we could not understand the Italian!
I really enjoyed the second one, Pagliacci, which centered on a love triangle among clowns...I know, defitely a surprise hit with us. The costumes, dancers, and singers were all great. But the long drawn out singing and emotional scenes left us a bit confused and bored, I'm not sure I can appreciate another opera any time soon. But I'm glad my first opera experience was in Italy! The theater was nice, I enjoyed the night time air, not too many mosquitos.
Fun Picture: Later in the week, Xiao led us in our attempt to make white sangria. We had it all prepped on Tuesday and enjoyed it for our weekly hump day celebration. It was pretty good, potent, and the fruit was yummy. Salute!