Sunday, 17 July 2016

A Night at the Opera (Bertie re-imagines 'Il Trovatore')

Gosh I just knew something exciting was going to happen when I saw the big truck in Duthie Park on Thursday morning. 

But even so, later that day I still couldn't believe my flappy little ears when Gail asked me if I wanted to join her and the neighbours at a performance of 'Il Trovatore' in the park, screened live from Covent Garden Opera House in London.


Now I will confess here that I am somewhat indifferent to music. And as for the opera's plot - are you familiar with 'Il Trovatore'?  If not, perhaps all you need to know is that it doesn't end well. So sad, 'cos had Leonora opted to settle down on her own (maybe with a dog for companionship) and everyone else had been sensible and avoided bonfires, there could have been the possibility of a happy outcome...

Those of you who do enjoy a good tune might like the wee video. My favourite bit is around 20 seconds, where the couple in front of us start nodding their heads in time to the music. Does your human ever do that?


  1. Crikey Bertie ... That head bobbin' bit was hilarious, aye?????? Humans sure are weird!!

  2. OMD Bertie, you should had warned me, I was watching this wiv Mum, sat on her lap and even before the hilarious head nodding bit she was making me DANCE!!!!! Oh horrors, thankfully no video evidence of my embarrassment!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Hari OM
    ....errr... like Leah, I was already bobbing before yon pair!!! You had me BOL at the idea of an altered fate with just a tweak or two of choices ...heheheheheheheh ain't that just the way of things??!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Bertie oh my cats good buddy your head has great rythmn...look at it turning in tune...or perhaps you were looking for an escape route! Your WFT tail gave the performance a standing ovation. You are the first friend I know to have attended an opera!
    Madi your bfff

  5. What terrific free entertainment! Ma says when she watches, or sees, a Verdi opera, she likes to quit at act III, where everyone is all happy, instead of all dead, in act IV!

  6. oh boy that was a super event... and you are such a nice concert visitor! I love purple-jacket-visitors moves, think I watch it again :o)

    1. Did you see that at 15 secs, purple jacket moved his arms as if about to conduct, then apparently thought better of it!

  7. I have heard many of these operas don't end so well …how fun that you were able to attend and observe the head nodding humans.

  8. Everything is better if you just settle down with a dog.

  9. You are sophisticated fur sure! We could tell you really paid attention!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. Oh nice! ...and how wonderful that you got to join in on the fun!

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

  11. Oh Bertie, you certainly get to some very sophisticated places. Not sure we'd know what to do at an opera. Do we clap along, or just keep very. very still? It's all a mystery !

    Love from Petite-Chose and Inca - your two adoring fans. xx

  12. now that is the way to spend an evening !

  13. What a wonderful way to spend a summer night!

  14. Bertie: Thanks for sharing! I love that opera!
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  15. What an entertaining evening, and such wonderful human watching!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. Such good behavior! We would have been barking along, Fry in particular

  17. Does any of them end well, The Barber of Seville, Phantom of the Opera, Madame Butterfly. Maybe they do end well we cannot really tell! That couple were in unison with their heads.
    We love when we see big truck rolling in because something is always going to happen.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  18. Heehee We were waiting for your head to bob!!!

  19. We heartily approve! And my grandpa will be thrilled to see your taste!