One May Night was inspired one January night. A very snowy evening, I was settling in for an evening of stitching and decided to watch a dvd, the 1979 production from Covent Garden of Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliette. It features two of my favorite singers in their prime, Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva. There are so many arias in this that just leave me breathless, but the one that struck a deep chord this night was ‘On Nuit Divine’, one divine night.
Romeo has come into the garden beneath Juliette’s bedroom, he doesn’t know if she will love him since she now knows who he is. She steps out on the balcony and as she sings he knows that indeed, she loves him.
Suddenly I was back in time, young newlyweds ourselves, my DH and I used to visit a wonderful garden in Miami called Vizcaya. We were there one night when the moon was full, so large and so very near, the breeze was blowing in from the ocean and the fragrance of the night blooming flowers was ravishing. That was one May night neither of us will ever forget.
Hopeless romantic that I am, a vision of a lush romantic garden with ironwork, roses and hydrangeas came to mind and it was my pleasure to be able to try and capture it in a design. Hopefully, I have 🙂
I couldn’t find a video of this scene on you tube with English subtitles, but if you have a heart at all you’ll know what they are saying.
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