Opera in the Botanical Garden

posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So, Saturday night around 12:30 am or so, I got a text from one of my closest friends saying something along the lines of "Hey, want to go to this thing with me on Monday? I'll buy the tickets, you bring the food." Since everything she ever asks me to do is awesome (exhibit one, exhibit two, other activities I haven't blogged about such as a recent trip to see Murder Ballad or what about being the inspiration for our trips to the Catskills and to Montreal?) I knew we would have a great time, whatever this activity was going to be. Turns out, what we were going to do was to see the Gotham Chamber Opera perform La hija de Rappaccini on the Cherry Esplanade of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. I mean really, how rad is that?! Part of the draw of this unique event was that BBG was allowing attendees to bring food for picnicking. On the way to work I picked up some amazing cherries at the farmer's market and then I went to Eataly and stocked up on amazing cheese, prosciutto, bresaola, bread, strawberries (oh how I love strawberry season). We felt so fancy! Opera! Fancy cheese and meat! Oh my!

Anyway, this was my very very first time ever seeing an opera (and my friend's too!). I'm not sure why but I'd somehow gotten it into my head that I would find it kind of boring. So not the case! I'm sure the amazing setting and chill vibe played a role in my enjoyment of the performance itself, but still, we've agreed that we HAVE to go to the opera again. Good excuse to get dressed up fancy which is always super fun, am I right? Enjoy these shots while I continue sorting through my photos from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade...


  1. Awww this looks like so much fun. I wish my community did more cool/fun stuff like this.

    1. OMG, it was seriously magical, so. much. fun. The friend I went with and I are both from Texas (met when we lived in Austin ages ago) and we were discussing how lucky we are to have the opportunity to have these sort of amazing cultural experiences now, living in NYC. And this year has really been all about making sure we take advantage of that opportunity!


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