Thursday, August 11, 2005

After working--Opera Houses

The thing highest in my brain right now is retirement. The other day I read about a man who intended to visit every Starbucks and have a cup of coffee. His personal best was 29 in one day, but he said it made him feel a little nauseous.

So I was thinking I could visit all the opera houses/opera companies on earth one at a time. I wonder how long it would take? How many years would it take me to buy tickets to Bayreuth, for instance? I have already been to:

San Francisco Opera--my home for most of my adult life.
Metropolitan Opera--where I have seen Forza and Turandot.
New York City Opera--where I saw a very nice Rosenkavalier.
Ulmer Theater--where I worked.
Zurich Opera--where I go to see Cecilia.
Rome Opera--where I saw La Cenerentola.
Wienerstaatsoper--where in one week I saw Zauberfloete and Freischuetz.
Deutsche Oper Berlin--where Janis Martin used to sing.
Houston Opera--where I went for the Mozart bicentennial.
Washington National Opera--where I saw Licitra.
The Opera Theater at Indiana Univrsity where I saw Die Walkuere with Margaret Harshaw.

I saw Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet at the Seattle opera. Does that count?

I have also visited several semi-professional companies around the Bay Area--Palo Alto, Sacramento, etc. where I did reviews for SFCV. This is what made me realize I didn't want to do regular journalism.

This list is pretty pathetic. I would have a long way to go. I would want to see some Eurotrash, a Henze opera, other new things. This is starting to sound like fun.

P.S. 2008
I have added Sacramento Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, LA Opera and the Arena di Verona to this list.

P.S. 2009
I have added the Bayerische Staatsoper.

P.S. 2010
I have added the Baths of Caracalla, Paris Bastille and Paris Garnier.

P.S. 2013
I have added Portland Opera, Grosse Festspiel Haus Salzburg and Haus Fuer Mozart Salzburg.

P.S. 2014
I have added Opera St. Louis, La Fenice in Venice and Opera di Firenze.

P.S. 2016
I have added Komische Oper Berlin.

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