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. 2007.  I have added: 

  • Glimmerglass for 400 years of opera.

P.S. 2008.  I have added:

  • Sacramento Opera, 
  • Santa Fe Opera, 
  • Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 
  • English National Opera, 
  • LA Opera  
  • Arena di Verona to this list.

P.S. 2009  I have added the

  • Bayerische Staatsoper where I went to see Lohengrin..

P.S. 2010. I have added:

  • the Baths of Caracalla for Aida.
  • Paris Bastille for Werther 
  • Paris Garnier for Idomeneo

P.S. 2013  I have added:

  • Portland Opera, 
  • Grosse Festspiel Haus Salzburg and 
  • Haus Fuer Mozart Salzburg.  This means I went to Salzburg to see Norma.

P.S. 2014  I have added

  • Opera St. Louis, 
  • La Fenice in Venice and 
  • Opera di Firenze, the new house in Florence.

P.S. 2016  I have added

  • Komische Oper Berlin.

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