An Opera Concert at the outside gardens of a palace?! Um, yes please! I’ve never been to watch an opera singer perform let alone at a Palace in Italy. I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania, (‘Merica!) where operas aren’t really a thing. So it was very exciting for the opportunity to fall right into my lap.
Always up for something new, I asked my dad if that was something he would be interested in going to see. He said yes and that was that, tickets were purchased, and we impatiently awaited the day.
The concert was held at the Caserta Palace, which is within 40 minutes of Naples Italy.
As a very brief history, because I absolutely plan to go back for the full tour, The Caserta Palace is the largest royal residence in the world.
The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples, who worked closely with his architect, Luigi Vanvitelli. When Charles saw Vanvitelli’s grandly scaled model for Caserta, it filled him with emotion “fit to tear his heart from his breast”. In my opinion that’s all that needs to be said at this time.
You have to have a little pre game before heading to a concert, even if its an opera concert.
End Opera photo reel.
Don’t worry we rented a van to drive us to the concert. We didn’t want to have to worry about parking, walking a far distance, or traffic. It was pretty cheap for curbside service to be dropped off and picked up. Very worth it because it was almost a 40 minute drive and a WAY better deal than a taxi. Plus all 8 of us got to drive together 🙂
Are you going to say something? Yes we brought bottles of prosecco with us on the drive over, I dare you to say something. Truthfully it may look like I want to fight, but I wasn’t even looking at the camera.
From King’s Day to Caserta Palace, Amanda always gives me one of these when I point my camera at her.
Of course it was a pushing/shoving/diving/punching kind of line. If I had a quarter for every time I have to tell Naples Italy to stay classy. Oh don’t worry half the Italians wore their best sneakers and warm up suits to the show. I’ve refrained from adding pictures of some of the things they were wearing!
Its easy to see why the Caserta Palace is the largest royal resident. The grounds go on FOR-EV-ER and there are over 1200 rooms inside the palace itself. 1200 rooms! Could you imagine cleaning all that?!
Then we got to talking to a few official photographers for the concert and they asked for a photo which we easily obliged, they also sent Sherrie a few photos that I’m going to share with you guys a bit later.
The Maestro for the performance was Carlo Bernini, since 1986 he has been Andrea’s friend and artistic director. Since then the 2 of them have collaborated on concerts, operas, recordings, and classical discographies alongside the greatest conductors and international artists.
From the front of the stage with @GIANFRANCOCAROZZAREPORTER. Each of his photos are tagged as you can see below.
I can’t say I loved them. I felt like they weren’t good enough to be paired with Andrea Bocelli’s voice, but its only my personal opinion and I couldn’t have done any singing at all in comparison.
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE:
It truly makes your heart soar when you listen to Andrea Bocelli and Alessandra Marianelli perform this song.
Afterwards, we headed back to our van, jumped inside and sped off into the night. With big plans in the morning, it was straight to bed for us when we got home. More on that coming next!
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