Regular readers of these pages will know that, for various reasons, I cannot travel to the opera and concert performances that I would love to attend. I must admit to gnawing envy for those White Shirts and others who visit far flung places and lap up delicious operatic goodies. Luckily for me, and many in my situation, these big hearted people generously record and share their thoughts, photos and infectious excitement for others to drink up with vicarious pleasure.
So can you image my sheer delight when I heard that I would be travelling to several European cities (see photo below) and I will be going as soon as April this year! First delirious thought … Kasarova will be back from the South American tour so let’s see what I might be able to hear.
This Danube river cruise looks fabulous – transport and hotel all in one and lots of interesting places to visit (very briefly) but the itinerary is not flexible unless you can make a mad dash somewhere and not miss the boat! The only possibility is to extend the trip at either end but, alas, my April schedule does not allow that.
So – this is the reality …
14 April - Munich – the day after Harteros in Otello
14/15 April -Passau
16 April – Linz and Salzburg – 3 days before Werther (unexciting cast)
17 April – Melk and Durnstein – Kasarova is performing in Mahler Symphony 2 in the Heidelburg Spring Festival … 385 miles away. Aaaaaghhh! Woe is me! I expect you can hear the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
18 April – Vienna – Onegin with Netrebko - not tempted. A Mozart concert is included in the trip.
19 April – Bratislava- Onegin with Slovak cast – not tempted
20 April – Budapest - Aida with Hungarian cast – not tempted
Don’t get me wrong, I am delighted to be going on this wonderful surprise trip and I’m sure I will love every minute but even though I have been given the moon wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the stars as well?
I reckon by not going to the operas which I don’t find appealing I will save some money for something I really want to hear … sometime. I will get free time in each city so if anyone out there has any ideas as to what I really must not miss on the itinerary above please tell me – friendly suggestions are better than guidebooks after all. Take it as read that the opera houses, even without the performances, will be high on the agenda!
I’ve been cheering myself up with a favourite White Shirt image - against doctor’s orders!
HAVE A WONDERFUL WHITE SHIRT WEEKEND!