A masked ball...
My time is winding down at the opera house. With the season over and less than three months to go, it seems like every time I do something I think “this is the last time I’ll ever do that.” It’s a bittersweet feeling because I like my job, and my company. But I am also excited to leave!
In February I worked my last event, following around a photographer, taking people’s names, stealing sushi, looking all cute.
Since one of the biggest perks of my job is free tickets to the opera…free around $200 a seat tickets to the opera…I tried to take advantage of my last few chances.
One of Mat’s improv teammates, Orlando, posted a list to Facebook of things he’s never done. One of them was see an opera so I offered to take him. We went to see Girl of the Golden West, which was a western and interesting and a little different than most operas. Because it was a western. Orlando wasn’t quite impressed with the first act but he warmed up to it in the second.
And my final opera was a few weeks ago. I went to see Hercules a modern interpretation that put the title character in a modern army fatigues. I went by myself and sat in the second row, which was way closer then I’d ever sat before. So I could make out chorus members voices. And I could see the tucked away video live feeding the conductor. And I could see the conductor and into the pit. And the expressions on the singers faces.
In all honesty I didn’t like the opera when I saw it in dress rehearsal. But the second time I enjoyed it. Maybe because I was so close. While opera is supposed to be grand, I prefer things that are more intimate.
I took a photo of my name in the program. It won’t be there next year.