The excitement and the feeling of something going on all the time that fills the air. The mad dash of taxis. (I live in a
The hotel is nice (actually a bit nicer than I expected). I had heard how small hotel rooms are in NYC, but ours is fine. Maybe 10% smaller than we are used to, but plenty for us. It has been recently re-done with new carpet, tile and bathroom fixtures. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the other guests are friendly, too.
We walked the neighborhood yesterday afternoon - to find Lincoln Center (five blocks), a place to eat dinner last night (many choices within three or four blocks), Columbus Circle (three blocks), Central Park (five blocks) and the restaurant where we are having lunch today (six blocks). I know we have not even scratched the surface of the City, but we already feel more anchored just knowing where we are in this tiny little bit of it.
MacBeth was unfamiliar to us (musically, we know the story!), so it's difficult to evaluate. Nadja Michael (Lady MacBeth) was wonderful and Thomas Hampson (MacBeth) was good, altho I have heard him sing in better voice. Don't know if it was the part, or if he was not in best voice last night. The production was lovely (and interestingly done), altho very dark. No surprise there, but it would be nice if lighting directors would put a bit more ambient light in for those of us "of a certain age".
As much as anything, tho, we just loved being there. It's like the Mecca of opera, in this country at least, and a place I have longed to go. About the same size as the Kennedy Center in D.C., but a bit more opulent, and since it was designed as an opera venue (only) every seat has an individual supertitle display which can only be seen by that person (so it doesn't distract one's neighbor), and which can be turned off if one doesn't like it. That is a really special touch. Can't wait to go back tonight!
6:30 a.m: Catch up on blogs and maybe write about yesterday. Let Michell sleep in!
Morning: Central Park or a nearby museum.
12:30: Lunch with Marie at Fiorello's
4:40: Guided tour of Lincoln Center
8:00: La Traviatta - My favorite opera with Natalie Dessay - France's leading soprano. Can't be bad!