Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009



I'm still in heaven. Last night we went again to the Picture House in FACT, Liverpool to see another fantastic performance broadcast live. Last time it was the Messiah from Kings College, Cambridge. Last night it was La Traviata from the Royal Opera House. To say it was fantastic is an understatement. We saw the audience take their seats (I just hope no-one was there with someone they shoudln't have been with, because we were treated to close-ups of all sorts of people). I wished the London son had been in the Covent Garden audience - he could have given us a wave. But he's sunning himself in Majorca.

I feel very privileged to have witnessed  this superb, emotional performance of a great opera. And we didn't even have to travel to London to see it.  And this time we all broke into spontaneous applause - which may seem daft when you're watching an on-screen performance , but it was just impossible to sit there like dummies. Roll on the next live broadcast.

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