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Marcia and Manderly Crash the Opera

The Fat Lady Has Finally Sung!

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The Musical Education of your Local Concierge continued this week at the Savannah Voice Festival Event, Prelude to the OperaTM – Puccini’s La Boheme. This concert was performed in cooperation with the Savannah Philharmonic as a first viewing of their Upcoming 2013/2014 Season.

( I didn’t even know Savannah HAD a Philharmonic, see how educational this blog is! Get your Tickets NOW)

My invitation to the event included a PLUS ONE, so I naturally asked my partner in crime, Manderly Arnold, to accompany me. No Duck Dynasty for us tonight, it’s culture all the way and we clean up pretty nicely when we want to.

We spent the better part of the week debating on where to eat before the concert, but since the event was being held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island, it made the most sense to make reservations at the Hotel’s Acclaimed Aqua Star Restaurant. I feel that it is best to save The Aqua Star for a special event because it has higher price point to accompany its Five-Star Atmosphere. This is not the restaurant you should choose for dinner and a movie.

Manderly LOVES Calamari so we almost always order it when we go out to dinner and I opted for the Crab Cake. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine with our appetizers and quickly finished dinner so we could make our 8 o’clock Curtain Call.

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The event was held in the Hotel’s Garden Room which I thought was just lovely. The intimate setting was full of tables for two, three and four with the lighting perfectly dimmed for an evening of Opera. Upon being seated, we were each given a handout with a summary of Puccini’s La Boheme so the audience could follow along and better understand the characters. I will see if I can properly set the scene for La Boheme;

Paris,1830, The main characters are two struggling artists trying to make ends meet amidst the drama of love and despair. The rent is due, but the money is not there.

I could associate with these characters and the performers really made them come alive. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I laughed in the first few acts, especially since La Boheme ends in Tragedy.

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My personal highlight moment was the appearance of Award Winning Opera Star, Sherrill Milnes in Act II, where he played the part of a Wealthy Aristocrat with a younger girl on his arm. (oh la la) The entire night was extremely entertaining and it was so much fun to watch the performers play off of each other and have such a great time together. The Prelude spanned about 2 hours, with two intermissions, and there was PLENTY of wine and cheese available, so Manderly and I had a terrific time.

I would like to end this blog by expressing my gratitude to Maria Zouves andLesley Francis, with the Savannah Voice Festival, who allowed me the opportunity to attend the events and programs offered during the 2013 Festival.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of Savannah’s Newest Cultural Event and expand my Musical Playlist to include Opera. Thank you for your generosity LADIES, it has been great to meet you!