|Orecchio di Dionisio|
|Lucy and I show our Seattle Seahawk pride at the Greek theater of Siracusa.|
|Alstolfo meets St. John in the afterlife and asks how he can|
help his cousin Orlando recover from his madness.
That evening, we were treated to a performance of Orlando Furioso at the Teatro dei Pupi in Siracusa. Pupi are puppets, and the performance we saw is a continuation of the Sicilian tradition of cantastorî (singers of tales), rooted in the Provençal troubadour tradition from the time of the reign of the Holy Roman Empire in Sicily during the 13th century. The puppeteers explained that theater has been restored in traditional style, with comfortable padded benches and red drapery in order to “evoke ancient times, when the theaters were crowded with people ready to acclaim the champions.”
|After the fleeing princess Angelica helps this simple soldier back to health, they fall in love and marry, driving the paladin Orlando, already half-crazy for his love of Angelica, over the edge and into complete madness.|