It's too bad that Balcony doesn't work for you. It's not that bad for me, but then I am small and slightly built (I do have personal space issues as though I were of linebacker proportions, however). I spent years sitting all over Orchestra and Orchestra Rear (was taking my then-small daughter and it helped keep her engaged when she could see details of faces and costumes), and the sound was often horrendous: muddied, muffled, all tympani or all horns, you name it. Seriously, Don Carlo was almost wholly instrumental (no, didn't take my daughter to Don C). I suppose the shame is how hard it is to get both the visual and auditory.
I was hoping I would be delighted with the balcony, but unfortunately I wasn't -- even more unfortunately, I also wasn't horrified, so I have no clear guidelines for myself. I think perhaps I'm now used to the sound in the orchestra seats -- it's less blended and refined than upstairs, but I think I'm used to the stronger feel and perhaps more garish colors. And seeing the drama is very important to me. By the way, when I was up there, I did keep my eye peeled for a woman with a bag from Citizen Cake, hoping I'd get to meet you at last.
I might well still be hunting for Orch. seats with the right sound if I could justify the expense (there's a big difference between what I will spend on my daughter and on myself). I too like seeing the action, so I think I'll try bringing my husband's binoculars. I like the Operavison screens, despite feeling like I am watching TV with the sound cranked (having said that, Die Tote Stadt would have been 83% invisible without the screens, so yay for the screens). Sadly, my tickets this season do not coincide with Operavision performances (except for Nozze, which I don't actually need to *see* again). Elizabeth Falkner really messed me up by moving Citizen Cake. No longer can I park where I always park, walk by the storefront and act gently surprised: "Why look! Cupcakes! How very interesting! Well, just this once!" Yes, in my imagination I AM a Helen Hokinson matron, sans hat.
ha ha! I know exactly which Hokinson cartoon you're referring to! I think Citizen Cake is moving up to Fillmore, which really is out of the way for opera-goers.They have a physically attractive cast for Nozze this season, but I loathe their dull and vulgar production, so you wouldn't be missing much if you only heard it.
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