First Opera Experience
Nov 27, 2006 11:42 pm
I loved hearing the “Ride of the Walkyries” performed in concert when I was about 8 or 9, but it really started a few years later when Time-Life sent out an 8″ paper-thin vinyl recording to promote their complete Ring recording. I read the promotional materials, including a complete synopsis, while I listened to the excerpts on the disc over and over. I was completely fascinated. My parents wouldn’t dream of buying something so frivolous and expensive so I had to wait until I was old enough to get a job at the local pizza joint before I could hear the whole thing.
Meanwhile I would listen to the Met broadcasts every weekend, often taping them on a small portable cassette player. Later, when the Met did a TV commercial with a rancher and his cattle singing along to Pagliacci it reminded me of those years growing up in Nebraska.