I woke up very early, at 4AM, and since I have a cold I couldn't go back to sleep so just as well I went up and made myself ready for work.
Despite the weather I was at work by 05.50AM and started working at once.
Sneezing and with dripping nose, not a pretty sight ;-) I worked on in my room.
I have to blame but myself. I started feeling bad on Thursday but since the weather was so wonderful then with sunshine and mild temperatures I just thought it was my allergy kicking in.
Saturday I went to Karlstad, something that I had planned a long time ago.
My friend Anna is singing in the opera L'Orfeo by Monteverdi there and I and my opera friend had decided to go and see the opera.
My opera friend's Mom lives in Karlstad so she went up on Friday and stayed with her. I stayed at the Elite hotel by the river in the "Sven-Ingvars" suite.
Sven-Ingvars is a very wellknown band here in Sweden and they origin from Karlstad/Varmland.
Maybe you saw some photos on Facebook from the room? Otherwise you can see some here.
View from the balcony
The living room
After Carina and I had dinner we just crossed the bridge you see in the first photo. The white building on the other side is the Opera house. It's such a beautiful opera house! It was my first time there but I'm sure it won't be the last.
Me and Anna before the wig went off
The opera L'Orfeo was amazing! It's said to be the first ever opera. Written in 1500-something by Monteverdi telling the story of Orfeo and Eurydike and their love. My friend Anna sang the role of La Musica. Normally this is sung by one person but here they were two, both from the popmusic world.
But how she sang! I have never heard her sing like that.
She and Jonas went to Rytmus high school together and she was often with us both here at home but also in Gotland. She was like our extra child. And she has grown up to a wonderful woman.
After the opera we went back stage but Carina had to go back to her Mom while I went with Anna to the back of the opera. First up to the wig department to take off her wig. Then to her dressing room, a big one, for her to undress. Afterwords the whole ensemble, including me, went to a restaurant for food, drinks, chat and a lot of laughter. What wonderful people. I can truly understand Anna enjoys it so much there.
Anna and some of the other operasingers
Me and one of the other operasingers, a wonderful soprano
Now I really have to go to bed and hopefully get cured soon. I hate having a cold. Take care and I hope you're all feeling well and no cold in sight.