Opera Intake for Fall 2007
December 10, 2007
Last June I went to San Francisco Opera sixteen times (seventeen if one counts the rehearsal of Der Rosenkavalier I went to), and while that is excessive, one should note that there were only three productions, and only twenty-one performances. I only missed one performance of Don Giovanni because one of my best friends was getting her PhD that weekend, but I saw every performance of Iphigénie en Tauride.
When this season started, I told myself I was not allowed to go to the opera four times a week. I tried my best to monitor my opera intake, and I have improved. Here is the break-down, from September 4 to December 9, 2007:
Samson et Dalila: 3 of 8, plus 1 rehearsal
Tannhäuser: 5 of 7
Appomattox: 2 of 7, plus 1 rehearsal
Die Zauberflöte: 3 of 9
La Rondine: 3 of 7
Macbeth: 4 of 7, plus 1 rehearsal
The Rake's Progress: 5 of 6
Madama Butterfly: 3 of 5
Total: 28 of 56 performances, plus 3 rehearsals
I also went to see The Turn of the Screw at Oakland Opera Theater and Iphigénie en Tauride at Seattle Opera. Counting all performances and rehearsals, I went to the opera only about twice a week.