Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Bolshoi is reopening, and we're not invited!
After a six-year, $700 million renovation, the Bolshoi Opera is reopening its doors with a star-studded gala celebration on Friday, October 28. The performance will include opera and ballet, and will feature such artists as Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Ivan Vasiliev, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Natalie Dessay, and Violeta Urmana. It promises to be a magnificent event, and I think I speak for opera lovers everywhere when I say that we are all very envious of those lucky enough to get to attend this spectacle.
Now, first the good news. While it may not be quite the same as being there in person, many of our fellow opera lovers will still have the opportunity to share in the experience. This gala performance will be broadcast on over 600 movie theater screens around the world. Great news, right? Well, next comes the bad news. Unfortunately, not one of those theaters is located in the Broward/Dade/Palm Beach area. Not a one! Somehow, we managed to get overlooked. Finally, the not-so-terrible news, if you don't mind driving a couple of hours to get to a movie theater. Several theaters in Northern and Central Florida will be showing this. The closest two are the Silverspot Cinema in Naples and the Carmike Lakeshore 8 in Sebring. I know I won't be able to make it, but if anyone else manages to, we would love to hear all about it in vivid detail. Particularly those pertaining to Dmitri Hvorostovsky!