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Report 472: Back to Uni to Learn Italian - A Month in Perugia

By Pamela R from Sydney, Australia, Fall 1998

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Page 24 of 31: Thursday 24th September

After morning classes (Pamela skipped her second, the lab class), we checked with Priori and Margaret had left a message that she’d gone to Rome today and would probably be either late and/or tired on her return, so we booked just two tickets for tonight’s concert at Teatro Morlacchi, part of the 10-day annual Sagra Musicale festival. Pamela grasped the nettle and had her hair cut at Gismonde Due (after Debbie and Joyce had already pioneered the way, and been happy with the results).

After a long wait and then a lengthy session at the Internet centre, we had a hasty lunch of bread and cheese before Pamela had to rush off again when Suzanna arrived at the door, for their 3 o’clock class at Gallenga.

She too was going to the concert so we decided to eat out together beforehand and found the Osteria di Lupo Mannaro (the werewolf) close by the theatre. We had excellent pizzas and Suzanna had the best-ever tortellini, and we made a note to come back again as the menu and the delicious aroma of passing plates was most appealing.

Arriving at the Teatro Morlacchi we were gobsmacked when we saw inside. It was all chandeliers and plush red velvet and gold trimming, with five levels of boxes in a deep U-shape above the stalls on ground level. We were shown to the 4th level where the usherette unlocked our box to reveal four balloon-backed red velvet chairs and an excellent view to the stage. As we were first in we naturally took the two front row chairs but no-one else arrived so we had the box to ourselves.

The concert was absolutely fantastic. NCCP (Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare) was a vibrant ensemble of mainly guitars and percussion, with a wonderful female singer and, in the second half, another singer of indeterminate gender but striking and energetic personality and resounding voice. He/she drew much audience participation and it was a most exciting performance, followed by two long encores.

With Joananne and Joyce, who were with Suzanna at a box across from us on the same level, we walked up to il centro for coffee and chocolates to round off a wonderful evening.

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