Murmurs had reached even my isolated ears that Trinity Lyric Opera was not, after all, going to be allowed to give the previously announced northern California staged premiere of Nixon in China this summer, and last week, while catching up on Soho the Dog, I saw the rumors confirmed. Another advantage of blogging: I can find out what's going on in my backyard by reading Boston-based blogs.
It's customary to say, "I'd love to know the real story here!" but, you know, I really wouldn't. Whatever pettiness, egomania, and backstabbing were involved (fingers have been pointed at San Francisco Opera), the situation has obviously put a struggling (I assume all arts organizations are struggling) small group in an awkward position (they were already selling tickets! to me!) and has deprived local opera-goers of a performance that easily would have been more interesting than three-quarters of SFO's upcoming season. As it is, Trinity Lyric will be performing Robert Ward's The Crucible instead, which I've never heard but is probably more interesting than only half of the upcoming SFO season.
By the way, I find it strange that no one from SFO has contacted me about my failure to renew. I'm not talking about responding to my blog entry; I have no reason to believe that anyone there has read it or knows who I am; also, as I've pointed out, there really is no response they can give to what I wrote. I mean, they can't claim they're giving me a Toscarific, Traviatastic season that I'm going to eat up with a spoon and a side of fries while begging for more. I mean that no one has bothered to contact a subscriber (and minor-level donor) of over fifteen years to find out why I haven't sent my money in yet. Topnotch marketing there, and thanks for caring about your faithful subscribers.
Speaking of caring, Magda of La Rondine just keeps on giving in the statcounter.com department. The other day I got this search: "im thinking of marring a rich female". I assume that was an error for "marrying a rich female", but it works either way.