I took this photo last Saturday as Ralph went up a long drive into the Stonington, Ct. estate of the late romantic tenor Sergio Franchi.
We were there to attend the 17th annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert emceed by his widow, Eva Franchi.
He died in 1991 and she started hosting the concert a few years later.
The grounds are lovely, and offered plenty of seating for the approximately 4,000 in the audience.
A friend of ours got free tickets to the concert, because a close friend of his, and an acquaintance of ours, was one of the performers.
We had a grand time, enjoyed a picnic lunch and sipped wine on a picture-perfect September afternoon.
Sergio seems to be looking out into the audience enjoying the sights and sounds on his 240-acre estate.
Sadly he was only 64 when he passed away.
The program was mostly opera, with a few Broadway show tunes in the mix.
And the weather could not have been more cooperative!
Below you see our daughter Allegra's bare foot...we go from the sublime to the ridiculous, I guess you could say. Not that our daughter is ridiculous...I merely mean the subject matter of the photo.
As you can see we sat near the side of the stage for most of the concert, except when our friend performed.
I am not a music critic, so far be it from me to review the performance. But I will say even though we are not into opera, Ralph, Allegra and I enjoyed ourselves!
See our Aussie friend Tracy's Hey Harriet blog for many more shadowy photos.