I have lost a teensy bit of confidence in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They (not the LA Opera) are doing a staged performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in May. Since I was going to be racketing around the west coast anyway around that time, I figured I’d go. I still intend to go. But last week the LA Phil sent me an email, explaining that one of two tickets that I had bought had a partially occluded view in Act III. (Which does make one wonder what is going on during Act III and not during Acts I, II and IV?) So they said, mail in the ticket, we’ll exchange it for a better one, no problem. So I called them up to ask about this strange email, and once I had been given the explanation, I sent the ticket back. With luck, that will work out.
Then, the same day that I mailed off ticket #1, I got an envelope in the mail from them. My first thought was “Fuck me, but that was fast,” and my second thought was, “no way; this is about something else.”
Turns out that they sent me a replacement for my other ticket, which was in a spot where they discovered that they would have to put a thing. So, I still basically have two tickets, in roughly the same places in the concert hall – but I think that whoever decided to do a staged production of an opera in a concert hall rather than a theater is probably pulling his or her hair out in clumps right now. Or so I like to imagine. (I mean, not that I’m complaining or anything. But it seems like they’re still kind of working out the kinks, operationally.)