Monday, February 23, 2009

Elegant Catania - Teatro Massimo Bellini

An evening out!

Walking towards this magnificent theater, my steps became lighter with anticipation at entering its doors. The exterior of the building is gorgeous, but its interior is pure magic.  19th century glamour and style pervades every inch both in and out. Chandeliers and sconces, frescoed ceilings, red velvet, precarious box seats, acoustic perfection. 

The theater, of course, is named after Catania's favorite son, Vincenzo Bellini, the highly successful 19th century composer, most famous for the opera Norma, in whose honor the signature Catanese pasta dish is also named after--'pasta alla norma' (rigatoni, tomato sauce, fried eggplant and salty ricotta cheese do make an amazing combination).

The dancers of the Bejart Ballet Lausanne, along with the theater's orchestra, were the stars that brought the place to life and filled the air with magic. I had never seen this troupe perform and appreciated the incredible talent and grace of the performers, ballet with an edge. I am no expert on such matters, but this is modern, creative choreography rooted in classical ballet foundations. Correct me if I am wrong anyone out there! I just loved it.

So much so that the performance and atmosphere of the theater transported me to that place inside oneself that can be anywhere in the world. Powerful food for an expat's occasionally disconnected soul, a little reminder that home is a part of me no matter where my physical being happens to be, a sensation that can feel very good when submerged in a culture that has become my own even though it is not. 

Or, to put it more simply, I felt like an adult and dreamed of being a dancer in my next life!

I can't wait to see what sparks will fly during next month's date with Teatro Bellini --  a performance of the opera Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart). 


  1. thanks for the post! I'm ready for a night at the theater...

  2. What a beautiful theatre! I think I'd like to be a dancer in my next life, too!

  3. [This is my third attempt to comment - must be my computer.] I've never been there so thanks for your lovely description. Great photo!

  4. That's such a beautiful theater! It's amazing (and wonderful) that art can have so much power over us.

  5. OOoooooohhhhhh myyyyy Lord!!! Beautiful 100x

    Ehmm....somehow I got here and by surprise I saw my blog on your list. THANXXXXX for visiting.

    But I will come back -later this evening - to snoop around a bit more.....;-)))


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