Opera in the Slough

Many operas are ideally suited to the Slough, reflecting well the despondencies and tragedies of the incumbents. Idomeneo gets it wrong, though. I’ve been there – he wouldn’t sacrifice his child for anything. I pledged away whole galaxies to keep my daughter alive, would have slaughtered untold millions that night. Sacrifice your child just for Greece? Not a chance.


2 Responses to “Opera in the Slough”

  1. I’m with you! My daughter was rushed into intensive care on the day of her fourth birthday party – imagine the phone calls to cancel the party!!! It was a terrible time, I would cheerfully have lain there, sedated, in her place if I could. So, sacrifice her for anything less than … well, actually I can’t think of anything I’d sacrifice her for, and she’s an adult now. So, my child just for a country, I don’t think so!

    By the way, I’ve suffered from clinical depression and survived, but still get patches of despondancy years later. I suspect I always will, but I’ve learned to count my blessings, as they say, and pull myself through. Good luck!

  2. Thank you for you kind wishes, Christine. Patches of despondency are part of the human condition, I’m sure. Life would be very monocrhome without some misery – but we don’t need too much. All black is also monochrome

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