Monday, September 22, 2008

I Guess I CAN Go to the Opera!

I love opera. I love all kinds of opera.

The San Diego Opera's 2009 season includes performances of Tosca, Don Quixote, Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly. Unfortunately, with my new frugal budget, I won't be able to purchase the $35-$200/seat tickets this year.

In order to compensate, I've been borrowing DVDs of classic opera performances from the local library. Of course, the opera experience is not quite the same on my non-HD, 26-inch TV.

Now, thanks to the Metropolitan Opera's The Met: Live in HD series, I'll be able to enjoy Madama Butterfly at 1/2 the price of nosebleed seats at the local opera. Unlike my TV, the Met performances wil be broadcast in HD and in THX stereo. Best of all, I'll be able to eat popcorn and Raisinets (and sneak in beer) during the performance!

Tonight is the Opening Night Gala starring Renee Fleming and a ticket costs $22. As much as I'd like to go, the performance starts at 6 p.m. and is 4.5 hours long! I'll take a pass on this and will likely attend other performances in the future.

If anyone is interested, tickets can be purchased here.


San Diego Opera said...

Don't forget $20 rush tickets on sale 90-minutes before curtain. Nothing beats live opera in 3D. And we'll turn a blind eye to sneaking in beer, provided you share.

Shtinkykat said...

Hee! Busted! My purse is big, but I doubt it's big enough to sneak in beer for everyone in the audience. Thanks for the 411. It's definitely worth $20 to see live opera, beer or no beer. I love your blog, btw.