I'm marking the fourth anniversary of The Standing Room with (what else) standing room tickets to Billy Budd and Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Mater at Santa Fe Opera*. Thanks, as always, for reading and following along. And extra thanks to the guy who handed me a second-row orchestra seat for Adriana Mater ten minutes to curtain (just moments after I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. & Mr. OutWestArts).
* Not verbatim, but close enough:
SFO: Hello, Santa Fe Opera box office.
M. C—: Hi, I'd like to buy two standing room tickets.
SFO: Sure, I can help you with that. For which operas, sir?
M. C—: Billy Budd and Adriana Mater.
SFO: Are you an opera fan?
M. C—: Uhhhh...... I dunno, I guess some people might say so... Why?
SFO: Because those two operas aren't most people's top choices. The guy who called before you is going to Marriage of Figaro three times.
Photo from Santa Fe Opera parking lot