The Rose and the Long Run

One of the benefits of procrastinating and not getting out the door for my long run until the afternoon on Saturday is being able to listen to the opera. For years I’ve listened to Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and now that I’m a runner, I can enjoy it uninterrupted while I crank out some kilometers.

Today I was treated to Der Rosenkavalier (the Cavalier of the Rose) with the most sublime music ever.

The supportive spouse drove me down the Ostrea Lake Road and dropped me off 18k from home. The timing was perfect; they were just introducing the cast when I set off. Act 1 took me through the first 10k, and each of the kilometers didn’t seem so long with such drama and music. Stopped at the green bridge to watch the Musquodobbit River while Baron von Ochs (the bully) sang his lecherous little aria. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for him.

The opera quiz entertained me while I showered, then I enjoyed Act 3 during dinner, established in front of the fire by the time they sang the iconic trio so I could soak up every bit of harmony.

Often I remember what was playing when I was running down the roads around Musquodoboit Harbour. The West Jeddore road stretched out in front of me with Wagner’s Tannhäuser inspiring accompaniment.

And I remember running the Musquodoboit Trail during the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor.

It’s not all roses; next week is Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. It’s what might politely be called, “challenging.” I might have to run early that day.

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