November 19, 2003
Advice For Opera-Goers

Actually, this is good advice for just about any man at any public event:

Taking your drink with you into the men's room and holding it in one hand while you use the urinal is rather tasteless. It is all the more tasteless if your drink is precisely the same color as a urine sample, and in exactly the same kind of cheap plastic cup that a doctor would provide. I don't know whether this particular sample was beer that had gone flat, an unusually yellow shade of 'white' wine, or some kind of mixed drink -- most likely the first, since there weren't any ice cubes --, but thanks a lot for the involuntary mental image, stranger.

Otherwise, the Baltimore Lyric Opera's production of Don Pasquale was quite good. It was not until well into the third act that I realized one of the best things about it: a total absence of Eurotrashiness in the production.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at November 19, 2003 10:45 PM

In Don Pasquale (or, indeed, anything else by Donizetti) the production matters not one whit. It's all about the singers. So what about the Norina? Was her Canto sufficiently Bel?

Posted by: Vinteuil on November 20, 2003 04:12 PM

It's the phone use while washing down the porcelain that gets me.

Posted by: David on December 1, 2003 01:49 PM

Ah! The Baltimore Opera. I am glad that I run into your blog again tonight to remind me of the Baltimore Lyric. 10 years ago I was living in Baltimore. For the criticisms that I might have had at the time, now in the Venezuela of Chavez I wish I could at least a real opera recital. But with those philistines and thiefs in office...

My last opera in Baltimore was a rather good Salome. Those were the days.

Posted by: Daniel on December 4, 2003 09:49 PM