So today's operatic entertainment was La Bohème, a timeless, lighthearted comedy for all ages. The production was quite good, but that's not to say that it didn't have a fair amount of sadness as well. To wit:
1) As you may know, the story begins with Rodolfo meeting and falling in love with Mimi, our doomed heroine. It's love at first sight. Speaking of love at first sight, Cute Coffee Maker Guy was back on the job, which should have been a great thing, except that I ran into a co-worker at the show, and they accompanied me to the coffee place for a quick espresso during the intermission. Since it would probably have been rude to completely ignore said co-worker's attempts at conversation in order to gawk at the coffee guy, several minutes of prime leerage were lost.
2) When Mimi dies at the end, Rodolfo loses all dignity, sobbing at her bedside in front of their friends.* Since there was an open seat next to me, the aforementioned co-worker joined me after intermission. My emotional response to the ending was predictable, although fortunately didn't involve actual sobs, although there was some crying.
3) After Mimi's death, we have a few moments of the other characters standing around, no doubt thinking about their lost innocence, how their lives will never be the same, and probably thinking about missed opportunities to have made a better life. As I left the theater, I noticed Cute Coffee Maker Guy was still on the job. And now—this was a new thing—he was wearing glasses. Glasses! However, as much as I would have liked to have had another espresso and gotten some gawking done, I knew, deep down in my soul, that red-eyed and weepy is not a good look for me, so instead I just wandered back to my car, thinking about what might have been and hoping that CCMG doesn't have an ominous cough, if for no other reason than I had just got done drinking coffee he prepared.
*-Overheard on the way out of the theater, two old women:
Old Woman #1: That ending was just so sad, wasn't it?
Old Woman #2: Well, it was an opera, so you knew someone had to die.
Here's my favorite version of the final scene, starring Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheoghiu: