Yesterday was (what I call) Black Sunday.
The long waited for Sunday when Met tickets go on sale and over the hills and far away opera lovers, quite a crazy crowd on their own in the best of times, go completely insane at their computers and phones, trying to get the best available seats at the most reasonable prices.
It was quite a battle if you ask me. I hate to complain, because I love the Met, but all the stories that you keep hearing about not getting through, losing selected tickets, servers not working, etc. are true.
Lucky are the members – they don’t have that adventure to experience!
Several months ago a fellow blogger, who also happens to hold a membership at the Met, offered to get tickets for me at a member’s (slightly lower) price which was very sweet. However, at that point I had no extra money to spare and no idea what I would be doing in the coming season.
So, regretfully I did not use that offer and decided to see how my plans would shape up.
A couple of months ago, I came into possession of a small fortune (does that sound like Jane Austen to you?). A certain company offered me a contract for a small translation, having priced my work at $50.00 per page. Yep, that’s how expensive translation is these days.
Anyway, only a couple of hours of intense work dropped a check for $350.00 into the pocket of yours truly, thus making the season planning easier and so much more pleasant.
Meanwhile, my plans shaped up quite all right.
My very dear friend and a regular reader of this blog, Tatiana, is coming to visit me from Russia in 2 months!!! Our friendship dates back to the 90-s, when we went to school together in Moscow. How exciting is it for me to see her again and show her how I got settled in this country and let her meet my family and them – meet her.
So, of course we are going to New York and by all means, we are going to the Met!
Tatiana is not as big of an opera fan as I am, even though she is of this blog, but I think she will fall head over heels with opera, once she goes to the Met. Now, my dear friends and opera lovers, what do you all think of my choice of the opera to take her to?
Carmen with Elina Garanca in the title role and Nicole Cabell as Micaela?! I think I made a good choice. We have Balcony Row A seats (no heads in front of us!!!! Yay!)
My other Met trip (yes, there will be two of them this season) is coming up in April 2011. You guessed it right – Rossini. Le Comte Ory, an all-star production, directed by Bartlett Sher, conducted by Maurizio Benini, starring Juan Diego, Joyce and Diana Damrau!!!
All sharing one stage! A real opera miracle!
Plus, I am going to see it on the big HD Broadcast day. But even that is not all yet. Guess, who I am seeing it with? My mom!!!
How did I get so lucky, that for the first time in two years my mom wants to go to the opera with me? And to the Met too! Oh, I am not sure, how much of my joy is coming through my writing, but I am super-excited about this!
So, my friends, these are the 2 biggies of the season, and of course, I’ll update you on other local opera outings, as I decide to attend.
I would be happy to read about your plans for the upcoming season in the comment section. What operas are you planning to see? Met visits?