During the second act, it occurred to me that the Italians have a long history of drama. In modern times, fun examples of the drama is exhibited in a TLC show, Cake Boss. Buddy Valastro runs Carlo's bakery in Hoboken, NJ. Several of his family members work in the family bakery and there is a lot of conflict between them. Nicole and I used to watch the show regularly when we had cable and stopped watching it for a time because the drama seemed a little unrealistic at times. After seeing the opera last night, I realize that family in Cake Boss is just following in a long line of family drama that began in Italy hundreds of years ago and is just carrying on the tradition.
You can see a little snippet of the family drama in the clip below:
While the family drama in Lucia is a little more complex than that in Cake Boss, they are equally as enjoyable when you want to exchange personal drama for someone else's drama.
Overall, I really enjoyed seeing an opera and especially liked that by the end, I was able to understand some of the Italian before the words were shown in the subtitles. I may try to catch another opera this year if there is time.