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.