No, I provoked nothing today. So all is calm in the mid-west! The CSO has nothing but "Welcome Yule!"; the Lyric Opera is closed now until they resume with more Zauberflöte performances from January 4; we at COT are hibernating.
But come the new year we have Mark Elder in town for a couple of programs at the CSO, as well as a stint with the Civic Orchestra; and Lyric is contending with Aida, Showboat and Rinaldo. And we also see the rest of the Zauberflöte performances with the super Alek Shrader taking on Tamino. That will be worth a detour.
For most of the period December 24 - January 3 I will be away in the beautiful county of Somerset, England - home to Cheddar, Bath and Glastonbury. My elder daughter lives there and we will have a rousing family Christmas. You will see a pictorial record here no doubt.