Tragedy at Notre Dame

Beside the Met itself, Browning Cinema is the best place to watch a Metropolitan Opera opera.

Beside the Met itself, Browning Cinema is the best place to watch a Metropolitan Opera opera.

(Row H, Seat 13) Sorry, I didn’t mean to alarm you, but I did want you to know that Natalie and I did witness a tragedy at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, October 8, 2016, as we watched the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live production of Wagner’s tragic tale of ill-fated lovers, Tristan und Isolde.  Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton were brilliant as Isolde and Tristan, and Simon Rattle wielded a wicked baton, and the orchestra and supporting cast were superb.  The less said about the sets, the better, so we will settle for this quote from Natalie:  “I felt like I was watching one of the greatest operas ever, with the best singers ever, as they sailed across Lake Michigan in the 1950s on the car ferry.” Sadly, she was spot on, but, as a former Navy man, I took dark delight in the post-modern nautical motifs.  But we sailed on at the magnificent Browning Cinema in the embrace of Wagner’s masterful music, and we hope to return for more HD Live broadcasts this 2016-2017 season.  Oh, and after the opera, we took a refreshing walk around the Notre Dame campus and payed our respects to Touchdown Jesus of Fighting Irish fame.  Alas, the Irish were away, which, for us, was not a tragedy at all.  See you at Browning Cinema this opera season, which continues on Saturday, October 22 with Mozart’s merry morality tale: Don Giovanni.

An opera lover's eye-view of "Touchdown Jesus."

An opera lover’s eye-view of “Touchdown Jesus.”




About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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