For reasons that are quite boring, I am in New York this week. I always forget how much I enjoy the music that is available here and how much the city stinks in the summer (and is bitterly, awfully cold in the winter, and also stinks then too) and how dirty the streets are. The NY Philharmonic and/or the Met or the City Opera are worth the dirt and/or biting cold, but I do not think I am cut out for living in this city, even if I could afford it.
I had lunch with my friend S. and then we hung around for a few hours and then went to a concert (Cleveland Orchestra playing Bruckner, who is one of those composers, like Mahler or Wagner, that I am happy to hear live because it’s LOUD but don’t own any recordings of). S and I went to grad school together in New Jersey, and grad school being what it was, we could both number on two hands the times we had been to New York. It’s further than you think.
The trips I remember are:
Carnegie Hall – but what was the program? I can’t remember. There was a violin concerto, but whose it was, and who performed it, are lost in the mists of time.
City Opera – Carmen (first year in graduate school; there was a bus organized for us)
City Opera – Le Nozze di Figaro
Met – I think there was a Met Figaro and possibly a Met Carmen in her somewhere (I had a friend who liked this opera) but I can’t recall.
Met – Die Zauberflöte (this was that production that they had in I think both 04 and 08; I think I may have heard either Roschmann or Damrau without knowing at the time who either of them was; yes, I am an idiot)
Met – Don Giovanni
Met – Cosi fan tutte (Kozena!)
Met – La Clemenza di Tito (I was happy to hear Anne Sofie von Otter sing Sesto, but was sort of underwhelmed at the actual performance; good but not viscerally gripping; Susan Graham is much better.)
NY Philharmonic — Mahler. My mother was visiting; it was the best I could do, and she really wanted to hear the NYP.
Met – Rodelinda (Fleming and Scholl. This was pretty awesome, and I would like to hear it again.)
Either City Opera or Met – Rameau’s Platee. This was fun, and extremely French. They had dancers.