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Opera in the Outfield!

Last night, A and I (and one of our friends) had a fantastic evening of popular opera and picnicking. The Washington National Opera simulcast their opening night of the 2009-2010 season, The Barber of Seville, at the Nationals baseball stadium. It was a free event where people could go out onto the outfield with blankets and watch the opera on the jumbotron. So cool!

I actually won a contest for a free picnic, a reserved blanket in center field, and access to one of the suites. When we got there, we found a bunch of cool swag in addition to our picnic - free shirts from the Opera, and mugs, blankets and mousepads and assorted stuff from WJLA/NewsChannel 8, which sponsored the contests. We also ended up with two more free T shirts from the Nats staff tossing out more stuff from the infield.

On top of that, the opera was fantastic. Laurence Brownlee's Count Almaviva/Lindoro was great - evidently it's one of his signature roles and he really shone in it. The rest of the cast was excellent, and we enjoyed the more "fun" atmosphere of people talking, food wrappers rustling, and kids running around. It was more fun than sitting in the Kennedy Center, frankly. Well, and we can't afford the rarified air there anyway. :)

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