An Opera Lover’s Experience Visiting the Sydney Opera House

sydney-opera-houseThe readers of this blog know I am a huge performing arts enthusiast willing to travel the world to experience art in its many forms. I am not denying that Toronto has its own charm, its own vibrant arts community, but oh how I wanted to go to Australia, to fulfill a life long dream of visiting the Sydney Opera House. I had been dreaming about the trip for most of my life and I wanted it so badly that I wasn’t going to be choosy about the performance. I will admit that I had my preferences and my fingers were crossed when I went online to see about tickets. I only had that small window of time to travel from Toronto to Sydney, so I was at the mercy of Lady Fate.

Every now and then Fate does smile, and here I was buying tickets for one of my top ten favorite operas in the world. Bizet’s Carmen has always been on my list of performances that I absolutely must see and to see it at the most recognizable building in Australia was the pinnacle of sheer elation. Carmen, of course, is one of Bizet’s most famous works and centers on a beautiful and fickle gypsy girl, Carmen. It never fails to amaze me that when Bizet first premiered this opera to French audiences it was largely panned. At the time, no one cared for an opera where the main character has such moral failings and also dies. Continue Reading →

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Metropolitan Opera on Demand Service

met-operaIf you love to watch operas, but do not have the ability to enjoy them up close and personal then you will want to experience Metropolitan Opera On Demand. Even if you live in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee or in the San Francisco Bay area you can still enjoy the latest operas as if you are at a prestigious New York City opera house. Perhaps you are waiting to catch a flight in the Orlando International Airport in Florida and want some refreshing entertainment. With this service you will be able to view hundreds of your favorite opera shows on your computer or even your iPad. The best part is that you can watch them anytime you want, because they’re on demand! The technology is easy to use and you can watch the operas on just about any device. So now there is no excuse. Continue Reading →

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How To Become An Opera Singer

Luciano-PavarottiI love working with kids at the local high schools as they put on their musicals. Once they know I have a deep background in the performing arts and regularly attend operas, I am often asked what it takes to become an opera singer. Becoming an opera singer is a long journey for anyone who loves to sing. The opera is an interesting place that requires a great deal of training. Just as people in the orchestra need training to become excellent musicians, opera singers must have training and experience. The process involves several steps, and you should follow each one as closely as possible to have the best chance of achieving your goals. Continue Reading →

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My Medical Alert System is Required for Man Cave Opera Watching

Living alone is difficult. Every small task seems like a chore. I miss having my wife around. Since her death almost five years ago, I do not have anyone to share the small moments of my life. My sons are very supportive. They call me every day and are always available for help. However, they live 90 miles away and lead very busy lives. Initially, they wanted me to move to an assisted care facility or an apartment in their city. They were worried about my health and safety, especially after I suffered from two mild heart attacks last year.

While I knew the severity of my condition, moving out of the house was unacceptable. I wasn’t keen on moving to a new location at this age and adjusting to a new lifestyle. The biggest hindrance, however, was my passion for opera.

Apart from live shows, I also enjoy watching operas on DVD and use the streaming service from Metropolitan on Demand. I converted my basement into a man cave. I came across many good man cave ideas at this website where there are many manly themes and products to choose from. I found my recliner, cool bean bags, home bar and several baseball themed man cave items. My man cave is really a manly home theatre room with an eclectic mix of baseball and opera décor. It is the only gift I have given myself over the years, and leaving it was almost unimaginable.

My sons understood my love for opera. However, they worried about my safety, especially when I spent time in the basement. Although I have a comfortable set up with bright walls and plush carpet, the telephone company was unable to fix a phone line there. Cell phone connectivity is poor as well. I did not have means to contact anyone, including 911, from my man cave in case of an emergency. This bothered my family members, especially after my second heart attack, and they often discouraged me from going into the basement. It was depressing to say the least. I wanted a product that would help me enjoy opera shows on my home theatre, while providing access to emergency care. A friend told me about medical alert systems and suggested I look at some reviews and find one to suit my needs. It wasn’t long before I decided on Life Alert.

The medical alert system consists of a base station that is hooked to the phone line on the main level of my house. The base station has a help button. The service provider also gave me a detachable help button that I wear around my neck, especially when I am away from the base station in my man cave. I can simply press the button in case on an emergency. The base station will notify the monitoring agent and send help to my doorstep in minutes.

The medical alert system has changed the way I watch operas in my man cave. I do not worry about emergencies any more. It seems like old times when I focused on the show completely. My sons are happy as well. Although they are not close, they know I am safe. The service is reasonably priced and worth every cent I pay for it. Thanks to my medical alert system, I can continue to live in this house for many more years to come, and enjoy my favorite operas.

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Win Tickets to “Evil Dead: The Musical” by Hanging out with Phlebotomists

I love all types of music. Theatres, operas, and even open stage performances. They’re all awesome. Heck, I’ve even driven all the way to Winnipeg from Toronto just to witness a play at a local university.

But combining music with your favorite horror and fantasy movies is the ultimate experience!

Well, I did some browsing, and it turns out that there’s an “Evil Dead: The Musical” show being put on. Perfect! I’m a huge fan of my man Ash, so I was about to purchase a ticket for me and a friend. But I noticed there was a promotion saying that some trained phlebotomists are in the area and they are having a special donation drive. Individuals who are willing to donate blood will receive tickets for the musical.

I donate blood every year, and this year, I haven’t yet. So… why not?

I lined up to donate blood at the comic book store in Henderson. For me, I was already able to help out, and at the same time get free tickets to the musical I so wanted to see.

Why This Promotion is so Cool

I find the initiative rather creative. Who would have thought that blood drawing and a musical can be tied up together? Of course, not all people are interested in getting their blood drawn; they just went to watch the musical. However, the purpose of the organization is made clear – it is important to donate blood once in a while.

For one, the blood donated can save a life.

Also, studies have shown that periodic drawing of blood is actually healthy. This is the reason why I have kept doing this for many years now. Of course, I wouldn’t want just anybody to draw the blood from me, with all the scary stories of unclean needles, blood related diseases and such. But the phlebotomists who visited for the blood drive were all professionals who took phlebotomy classes in Las Vegas.

After the experience, I said to myself: ‘I hope they do this in every show that I want to watch.’ Then again, I only have limited blood in my body as compared to the number of shows that I watch each year. I am no critic. As a matter of fact, I enjoy even the most unprepared presentations. It’s just who I am. I get thrilled every time I hear music.

The special blood drive is the first that I have seen. There were strategies wherein the potential audience can purchase a certain product, and they will be given tickets for raffle. But a blood drive? I think this is a genius idea. It is something positive towards the community. As a matter of fact, the organizers behind this activity found it very successful as there were many who actually lined up to donate blood. The next time this type of event comes up? I would willingly donate blood, regardless whether I will be watching a musical or not.

Oh, and Ash? Apparently, he has the voice of an angel. Who knew, right?

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