I remember my very first kiss (I was 15). I remember the birth of our first child (a long time ago now). And I clearly remember (32 years ago now) that first stunning view of Venice as we stepped out of the very ordinary train station.
Today, I had an experience that ranks with these, and many other, firsts. I had a ticket to the Capodanno (New Years Eve) concert at La Fenice. The attendant ushered me to my box (another first), unlocked the door, and showed me which chair was mine.
Only then did I raise my eyes and look out on the wonder of this little theatre. Tears came to my eyes, I just couldn’t begin to believe that I was really in this fabled place. It has been a long time since I have been so moved by a first time experience.
I bought my ticket on the day I arrived in Venice. I wasn’t going to miss out.
Every day when I go toward either the Accademia or the Rialto Bridge, I pass the theatre.
Looking across at the other banks of boxes, and down onto the people on the stage level. I think they may have had a better line of view than those of us in most of the boxes.
Just to prove I was there, and enjoying it. (This was taken before the concert had begun.)
The program, directed by the “handsome as a movie star” young Diego Matheuz, included Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony , and works by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Mozart, and others.
It was also a days for “the last time”. This will be my last view of the moon for 2011.
Piazza San Marco was still relatively quiet at 10 pm, but by the time I tried to get back into it, at 11:30, it was totally packed. So, no on the spot photos of the big kiss, sorry!
It’s midnight. The bells are ringing, people are laughing and cheering. My first Capodanno in Venice!