We made a short trip up to Seattle this weekend to visit our friends Shannon and Myles and to spend time with Chalmers and Carolyn, Liz’s dad and step-mother. Carolyn and Chalmers were in town to visit Stephen, Carolyn’s son, who so happened to be performing this weekend in the Tacoma Opera’s production of La Bohème, by Giacomo Puccini.
Rumph offered the audience a thoughtful Rodolfo, innocent and rather sweet, with a confident, warm tenor that used superb control to great emotional effect, particularly in the signature "Che gelida manina."
We were not surprised to see Stephen draw such high praise. He is a talented singer.
This was a much nicer Seattle experience for me than the time the mayor ordered his police to shoot rubber bullets and lobe tear gas into the crowd in which I was standing during a 1999 Seattle protest against the WTO. It has taken some time for me to want to visit Seattle again.
The air was much fresher on this occasion.
Additional photos will be made available later on our family site.