* Notes *
The final dress rehearsal of San Francisco Opera's Nixon in China (Michael Schwab's poster pictured left) was held yesterday at the War Memorial Opera House. The music seems quite challenging, but is sounding strong. Maestro Lawrence Renes stopped the orchestra in Act II as the playing was too loud, even though all the singers are amplified. It is hard to believe this orchestra has two other operas opening in the coming week, and just gave a concert of symphonic music last Sunday. The cast is excellent, and one looks forward to the local premiere on this Friday at 8pm.
* Tattling *
Box K was designated for live tweeting. I did not join in, as I am not skilled enough to listen and write at the same time, at least, without feeling strain.