I am on my way to Houston today for Maria Stuarda (Joyce DiDonato!). I felt like a little bit of a doofus when planning this trip – I didn’t check until yesterday to see whether Houston has a public transit system. Of course they do. And I can get from the airport to the center of town very easily on it. I have had enough experiences in certain types of American cities with wanting there to be a bus and there is not a bus that when there is a bus (or a train!) it’s like — well, I actually can’t think of a good comparison, so what it is basically like is ‘something that I thought would cost $40 is going to cost more like $3!’ (There is also an environmental argument to make for the bus, but as someone who will have just flown from Nashville to Houston to see an opera, I do not think I am necessarily in the best position to make that argument.)
Also, I finally spent five minutes on the internet and equipped myself with some software that makes recording internet radio broadcasts (this one for example) basically idiot-proof. I’m not going to tape any performances that are available on real recordings, obviously, but sometimes bootlegs are the only option.
I feel like admitting an intention to pirate Lieder recitals ought to make me feel sort of pathetic, but I don’t.