|Walking briskly through First Fleet Place on Friday night, I heard the long drawn-out hooooonk. Rounding the curve of the Quay, weaving through the evening crowds beneath "the toaster" on my way to a performance at the Opera House, I felt anxiety about the "fit" of vessel and bridge - which is daft as she must have already been small enough to get t'other side int first place! |
Here is my contribution: a whole gin palace squeezed between part of the Harbour Bridge (on the left) and part of the Opera House (on the right).
Eventually taking my seat in the stalls, I was thrlled by Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" with the young Antoinette Halloran as Cio-Cio-San. I have seen Halloran in a few things now - she was feisty in a semi-staged version of Carmina Burana last year. She seemed chuffed with the resounding reception for last night's performance. The production was a visual feast: clean and restrained with a terrific use of lighting - including the field of floating candles. Good start to my opera-going year! Next is "The Magic Flute" at the end of February.
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