It was only the day before when tickets for the Gala New Year’s Eve performance at the Metropolitan Opera House were made available to me.. And, what a way to spend New Year’s Eve! The traditional Johann Strauss’ "Die Fledermaus" operetta in three acts was seen and heard for the 199th time. It was MARVELOUS! MARVELOUS! MARVELOUS!. The stage setting by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen was just magnificent, the costumes so colorful and fitting for the time in Vienna, were perfect by Peter J. Hall, the acting, superb, sincere and comical along with dance coordinated by choreographer Robert L. Fosse. Ah!……..and the music., conducted by Swiss native, Philippe Jordan, filled the house with rhythmic melodious sounds so pleasing as it accompanied the beautiful, beautiful voices of Italian tenor, Alfred, played by Paul Charles Clarke; Rosemary Jushua, Adele, the downstairs maid, and Solveig Kringehorn, Rosalinde, former lover of Alfred and Rosalinde’s husband, Gabriel von Eisenstein, a wealthy Viennese, and many other accomplished voices.
By far, one of the most breathtaking stage performances I have ever seen. Sheer perfection. It certainly made an opera fan out of me. In evidence, an audience of the elite of New York in elaborate gowns and eye blinding jewelry. This was a treat of a lifetime and certainly one I shall never forget. Orchestra seats such as I had go for $180 but you can get some for $160. Attending the Gala dinner will set you back $650 to $850 according to your seat location. Fear not. If you are on the lowest minimum budget and can climb to the sky, you can order tickets for as little as $25 a seat. I think reservations for those must be reserved a year in advance. Whatever you have to do to get to the opera, do it.. Even better if you can make it New Year’s Eve for Die Fledermaus. It is a delightful operetta, light and funny. It leaves you with an air of joy to continue the rest of your celebration.
Certainly fit to face a Happy New Year that I extend to all my readers and thank you for your loyalty and hopefully, for your continued readership through 2003. May peace prevail in your hearts and your homes and throughout our nation.
Don’t you love those tiny reading glasses that come in a tube? Now they are even smaller. SAX Company has them, in a case two inches high and an inch wide to fit tiny fold up reading glasses that fit into any small evening bag. They are just right to read the menu for dining out. I am sure catalogues are available if you give SAX a call.
At the Profile Awards ceremony for the Femme show 15 year old Kelly Kaye took home an award for her unique tie-dyed and whimsical t- shirts called Dogpilot with eighteen hand drawn illustrations she designed for teenagers with a sense of humor. Example: on front of the T-shirt called bread box, a slice of bread is sparring with a punching bag. They come in a variety of colors and sell for $20 top $34 . Another winner was V-Up. Vitaminized Fiber. that releases vitamin C into the skin of the wearer, active up to 30 washings. While walking through the aisles on my way to the Awards was Bring it Up, a great and innovative way to "lift" the things that sag, from breasts to eyes to jowls …………and what a difference it makes. It is an invisible, waterproof , hypo-allergenic adhesive applied to defy gravity droops that increase the look of age. Unbelievable how it takes years off as your eyes become brighter and wider, your smile more pleasing lacking that double chin, a smoother almost wrinkle free skin and a higher lift to your chest that turns an old sag hag into a perky breasted, wrinkle free younger looking woman. Sure beats going under the knife that not only costs a fortune but leaves you bruised and black and blue for days, traumatically effects to your system and causes an anxious, worrisome mind about the results. Though you achieve only temporary results with Bring it Up (a solution for weddings and special occasions when you want to look your best) but there is no down time, hospitalization or time away from home. Just apply and you are years shy.
Peter Danzilo is out of the hospital and well enough, from my last report, to winter in his Las Vegas home with his wife, Helene. They expect to leave on Jan. 14. Just stay well and have a good time.
Heard from the Lincoln Walk mole, Grace Someck that Frances McGarahan , her neighbor, was taken to Peninsula Hospital. If you want to visit or send her card don’t hesitate. Speedy recovery.
A fund raising luncheon for the Trinity Senior Services is being planned and if you wish to contribute your help in planning this luncheon please attend the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Your help is needed.
$399, R/T Air , B&B and car in Ireland; 7 nts. Celebrity Cruise , $450; $449 5 nts. air/land Paris;
Belize and Key West 5 nts. Carnival $249; $479 on Princess Mega Ship; 6 nts. R/T Virgin Atlantic , hotel and daily brkfts in London; Acapulco, Hyatt Regency , 3 nts. $612; Jamaica Starfish Trelawny; Grand Bahama Our Lucaya 3 nts. $654; Barbados Asta Beach Resort, 3 nts. $791 All air/Land; Jazz Blues Festival, Jamaica, Doctor’s Cove EP $510, all inclusive Star Trelwny $606 Thurs. Jan 30,31 and Feb. 1 ; OW New York (Newark) Punta Cana USA; India and The East 19 day cruise 70% off second person, Singapore to Mumbai $3,210 Mar. 6 Crown Odyssey, 19 day cruise, one day in Mumbai and Delhi, 2 nts. Agra and Singapore, Air from Mumbai and Agra with city tours etc. Rome and the Rivieras 12 day cruise Rome to Barcelona , Apr. 29, $1495.
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