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If you're here, and you can, GO.

190_zm985nabucco_med.jpgI won’t even bother attempting some schmaltzy, paltry pseudo review, all I’ll say is that I had the good fortune to attend una prova generale of Nabucco at the Fenice. And even with enough students attending to give the theatre the definite air of a high school assembly, and the director having to pause to tell the kids to please settle down or they’d have to call the whole thing off, the performance from start to finish was riveting, strepetosa, simply beyond words.

Even viewing the opera from the rafters, should that be the only ticket you can get your hands on, would still be well worth attending. I infortunately have no ticket-acquisition secrets, but you might consider showing up a hour before a matinee, for example, to see if any seats have been released.

But go. If you have the chance, go. Here’s the official Fenice website.

The Fenice takes the 5th.

fenice.jpgHow many times can you hear Beethoven’s 5th Symphony performed live? As many times as Yuri Termirkanov will conduct it for you, that’s how many.

Poor Sara was not well on Saturday evening, and SMSed me once again that afternoon with the availability of her Fenice subscription ticket. Needless to say, I didn’t hesitate to accept.

That evening the theatre was as full as I’d ever seen it. Not SRO, but close enough. They performed the 5th and the 6th symphonies, the latter of which I had never heard live. I feel terrible she had to miss it, but what a treat it was. I will take her some cioccolatini when I return her ticket. Hardly the same, though…