So yesterday I had the privilege of going to see Romeo and Juliet (Gounod) at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. I have to say I have yet to be disappointed by the Opera Company of Philadelphia and this would not be a first, it was the exact opposite, it was another great performance. But I am getting a little ahead of myself.
The day started by boarding a flight at 630 AM to fly to Philadelphia to see the opera. It was an empty flight as you would expect on a Sunday which was perfect for me as I was able to sleep for a bit. When In Phila the Starbucks was a good start followed by double espressos and some other kinds of drinks with who knows what in it at the Ritz. Now the Ritz had an interesting lobby with an Pantheon like interior, a say pantheon like because if you have been to Rome and have seen the Pantheon you would notice the differences, but it was interesting.
Before the matinée performance there was time for a couple beers and a basket of fries. It was not hard to find the place, it was across from the side entrance of the academy and it cannot be missed, look for the sign, “Great food and BAR.” I am not quite sure if it lived up to its name. Well at that point it was time to see the performance was an old story, one that we all know, people die, lovers die, and there are clothes… So if you are in Philadelphia it is a must see and there are 2 nights and one day of shows left, no idea if you can still get tickets, but, you can always try http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?org=5 OH, and Yes it was a great time with friends, new friends and Family!
After the opera there was a quick run to the airport and a stop in the club. Sixty minutes was on and I got to watch a Google exec from Egypt say that the best thing Obama could say or do is nothing, Egypt needed no help and he did support their oppressor! Excellent, that is just what I have been saying all along.
The worse and best part of going to Phila is the soft pretzels, after eating six of them I still feel a bit sick, but I love the pretzels.