As part of the initial silence, and without interruption, the sweet tendrils of music coming from the orchestra pit start to fill the spaces of silence, and the expectation brings with it a desire impossible to fill .
Beniamino whispers the first words of "E lucevan le stelle"; the faint steps of Floria walking on the sand, the harsh grinding of hinges on the garden gate, the overwhelming expectation of the encounter, and the feverish movements of Mario hands removing the veils that hide the gentle figure, predict the presence of love ...
The perfume, the intangible breath that transmute blood into perfervid lava flow, and ignites the burning heart embers as igneous torches melting two passions in an ecstatic summit, fills the theatre.
All that magic drags the audience towards a mystical vicarious pleasure, full of delight and belonging.
There we are, defenseless against the apotheosis of this feeling that annihilates us and gives us life, leaving us exhausted, consumed by an experience we long to repeat.
Prompt word: ENRAPTURE.
The music is the aria "E Lucevan le Stelle" (And the stars Sparkled) from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini, sang by Beniamino Gigli.
© 2013 Od Liam.