We heard the double Aria. Thats right, we had taken our class at the Opera Guild on La Traviata. Though 97% was way above me I did remember that I would hear a double Aria and I did. I also noticed in the second act how Verdi gave his leading man some stage time. How very interesting it was to see something I could almost understand. It was as usual way too long but our seats were fun, a side box (35) on the Grand Tier Level.
I also did some reading on my own and discovered the significance of the flower which adorned the curtain. You see, Traviata is based on a play that is based on a real instanced eof a young girl who became a courtesan. She would put out a white flower telling her gentleman callers that it was a good time to visit, and a red flower on the days that it was not.
Which reminds me, i read a super interesting article today on the history of the ladies “rest room“.