I could have listened to this opera until the cows came home, relishing every split second, knowing with a broken heart that this would be one of the last operas ever staged in the historic Teatro Comunale, the heart of Florence's great musical tradition. A tradition that is very sadly coming to an end.
I love Teatro Comunale for all the opposite reasons why for 30 years I've loved the Met and my old neighborhood Lincoln Center. But New York City needs a piazza. I love it because bigger and avant-garde isn't always better. It is one of the few venues in centro where you can really feel the people who live here. A five minute stroll from Ponte Vecchio along the Arno, it is romantically connected with, but peacefully removed from the masses.
But all of this is coming to an end.