Doc's timing was perfect, opera season at the Canadian Opera Company has begun again in earnest with a little production of War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev based on Tolstoy's novel.
At nearly four hours, the opera was only a bit longer than Napoleon was tall but the show was epic befitting the source material. The orchestra and chorus were excellent as they always are and the leads poured their souls into it as well. Doc tried to save me the time by letting me know it was all Napoleon's fault and he was correct. He didn't mention the strumpet at the heart of several love affairs but I had more than enough time to get to know her. For a full review of the show, you can read more here.
Due to scheduling issues with Deborah, I had to switch my usual Friday night slot for a Saturday afternoon show and so the seats were different as well. Rather than my usual orchestra seats I sat in the third ring (there are five horseshoes in this joint) and from there, I could see the production well but there was also a lot to distract me.
While I don't mind sitting on high in judgment above the madding crowd, even Hekyll and Jekyll might have found this perch a bit much. The sightlines to the stage were excellent but along the way, there's also a full view of the orchestra, the exit signs and of course the heads of codgers nodding off everywhere. I'm the most distractible person I know so I'm glad that next Friday, order will be restored and I'll be back in my regular seat for Don Giovanni.
Thanks once again Doc, I love the cartoon. Now get back to your anniversary celebrations with the lovely Flannery Alden.