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Opera in London

I feel like I need to seize the opportunity while I'm in London to see as much opera as I can. That may be difficult, for budgetary reasons. I figure, though, that at £5 to £15 a shot, I can afford it…I think.

So far I've seen half of Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House and Sir John in Love, Le Belle Hélène, and Orfeo at the Coliseum.

I would also like this summer (since I will be in London through July at the least before I have to commit to staying or leaving) to see the following:

  • Madame Butterfly at the Coliseum, because Gwyn Hughes Jones, one of Pollard's best known pupils, is singing Pinkerton.
  • Janáĉek's The Makropulos Case at the Coliseum, because I know someone who knows conductor Charles Mackerras and may be able to get me a deal on a decent seat.
  • John Adams' Nixon in China at the Coliseum, just because I feel I should, especially since English National Opera is appealing to London-based Americans to come to this.
  • Shostakovich's The Nose and Katerina Izmaylova at the Coliseum (a Mariinsky Theatre, formerly the Kirov, production), simply because I love Shostakovich's music.
  • Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Opera House, only because Placido Domingo is singing the title role.
  • Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle at the Royal Opera House, because it's one of my favorite operas.
  • Tosca at the Royal Opera House, another of my favorite operas, with a cast that features either Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel or Katherine Naglestad or Sam Ramey, with Marcelo Alvarez as Cavaradossi each performance—what choices!
  • Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House, only because it's my all-time favorite opera!

If I get the cheapest tickets to each production, I should be able to see all of those for about a total of £80, which isn't unreasonable. I can consider it an investment on my music education!

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