We got free tickets to opening night at the opera, so, after two shoots today, we’ll be dressing up in our finest (I thought “getting all gussied up” was too informal for a discussion of opera) and going out on the town.

I enjoy opera. I don’t think R does. Okay, I’m fairly sure he doesn’t.

But it will be something different to do.

It’s Houston Grand Opera. And it’s Puccini! I like Puccini. The opera is “Manon Lescaut.”

For a discussion, intro, to the opera go to “Manon Lescaut”. It is a tragedy, but almost all literature is. As I explain to my students, “Funny changes. Tragedy doesn’t. Every generation agrees on what is sad.”