The Christmas spirit has done nothing to improve matters at the English National Opera alas. Just read this.
But I am glad to report that all is reasonably well here at COT. We did good business over the last week in donations and box office revenue - but we need that to continue so do not relax! The temperature is mild in Chicago and all in all we are cheerful mood in the run up to the beginning of our production period. Just over two weeks remain before Dido and Padlock start their month of preparation.
On an even lighter note - anyone interested in Castrati - and which of my readers is not? - will be delighted to read about the world's first ever Castrati exhibition at the Handel House (right)in London next year. Clearly not to be missed. Senesino (pictured here left) was one of Handel's principal castrati. (click to enlarge!)
Post script to the above: A milestone - this evening I reached the magical fifteen thousand - that is 15,000 hits on this blog since I started doing this insane thing in April! A very happy New Year to all my readers!