AJ, thanks so much for your most interesting report on opening night at the Winspear. It is so good to hear from "one of our own" the real story, and especially, about all the celebs you encountered. Wow, what an evening!
You are so welcome, muu ... was the highlight of my professional career, to be sure. I've been in love with opera since the mid 1980s, but this was the first time I've heard "near perfect" acoustics. We were sitting in the 4th tier ... way up ... and it sounded like the singers were almost in my lap. Even if opera is not your thing, you can enjoy the Winspear, as they're going to have musicals and other performances there or you could pick a light or comic opera, just to have experienced it as it should be. They have $75 tickets and I promise, the sound is good in every seat in the house. The upper tiers - where we were - are a little steep for my taste, but once I got adjusted, it was okay. Standing up was a trick, because I felt like I would keel over, but I just kept my hand on a rail and made it just fine.
I'm doing a piece for the paper, including quotes from the morning-after press conference with the president of the opera, the maestro, the architect, the acoustician and the production manager. We had about 30 minutes with the men behind the scenes and then a backstage tour. They all acted like little boys - they were just thrilled and brimming over with contagious enthusiasm and pride for their new "home." Just have to wade through an hour of audio and get the story done.
Dallas really has arrived - in a big way - on the world arts scene. Maestro Jenkins said, "Within two or three years, the Dallas Opera will rival San Francisco and Chicago."
Now, I'm taking my pounding head and my 101 degree temperature back to bed ... and to think, I took the flu shot! Blech.