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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-04-16 07:25
Subject: [child] A night at the opera
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Last night, Mother of the Child, Mom, Dad, [info]tillyjane, the Niece, H— and I went to see [info]the_child sing the part of Papagena in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. That would be her seventh grade play.

The public performance was their third, having done two for the school community. The accompaniment was piano and flute, with both the score and the libretto cut down to about ninety minutes. They were magnificent. I think back on my own seventh grade year and cannot imagine us having done something as epic as mounting an opera production.

The kids had a hell of a lot of heart, and sang well. Some of them very well, indeed. Everybody knew their lines and their numbers. Afterward, the post-performance energy was crackling. They all had their theater high on. It was so much fun to see the performance, and to see their excitement at knowing how well they'd done.

Today after her lacrosse game, the family is taking our opera star out to a celebratory lunch. We'e very proud of her.

She goes to Portland Waldorf School in Milwaukie, which does not permit photography or recording of live performances. Those events are intended to be experienced and remembered subjectively, not captured. I did manage to grab a few iPhone cam shots after the performance.

[info]the_child (center-left) and her mother (center-right) after the show. Mother of Child and the woman to her right did all the costuming.

Papagena and Papageno. There were also six little Papaganettes.

The dragon from the first scene.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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mlerules: dragon
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-04-16 14:51 (UTC)
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Sounds like you folks chose well when it came to schools for your spawn. What a wonderful experience. And what a good dragon!

events are intended to be experienced and remembered subjectively, not captured

Interesting thought, this, but for those of us w/poor memories, it helps hugely to have snapshots, not to "freeze" the moment in time, but to trigger the flood of memories of the time/times/occasions at and 'round about when something happened.
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User: emmalyon
Date: 2011-04-16 15:19 (UTC)
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That is fantastic! Kudos to the school, too, for exposing the kids to way better material than I got to perform in middle school.
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2011-04-16 16:07 (UTC)
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Not to mention that photography and filming are completely subjective; each parent will likely be focused on their own child, for example. And there's the subjective experience of watching the recording...
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-04-16 15:11 (UTC)
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-04-16 18:40 (UTC)
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"events are intended to be experienced and remembered subjectively, not captured"

Sounds like a great thing to tell grandparents who live far away, or who are too sick to attend, like my mother. I would be having some issues with that policy, you betcha.

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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-04-16 23:35 (UTC)
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This sounds truly wonderful.
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