10 March 2005

Dear Jessye

you are a mystery

*dial tone*
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center ticket office; how may I help you today?
Yes, good afternoon. I'm interested in purchasing tickets for the Jessye Norman event this weekend.
Tickets for how many, sir?
Oh, for two. But before we proceed ... I need to know-- do you know if she's performing with an orchestra or is this a recital with piano? Uhm, I'm looking at your TBPAC website, and I can't find the program anywhere.
Sir, I'm afraid I can't be of any help. I don't have that information. You may want to look at this other website, the Opera Tampa site. It will probably have what you need.
OK, I'm looking ... can you give me a few seconds? Hold a sec, I'm looking ... uhm, it seems to have the same material as your website.
I don't know what else to tell you.
Let's see, can you at least assure me that she'll do more than read names off a phone book?
Whatevah. Gimme two tickets. Best available.

LATER: Sieglinde can google, of course. A UCLA site lists a program that I'm assuming is Jessye's touring program. Among the items listed is Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Is she singing the entire opera by herself, I wonder. Now that would be a show.