J: Kirov RING IS ON SALE!
J: Fam Circ is $260 for the cycle
J: $65 per opera
J: that is only $23 more than their regular Sat night tix now
J: which is less of a gouge than I expected
J: I mean
A: that is very reasonable
J: what are we going to do??
A: I know
J: I mean
A: I need to think about it
A: our chances to see a full Ring cycle are like this
A: 2009 at the Met
A: or 2009 in Bayreuth
J: or 2007 if we get our tickets right now
J: ok well 2nd question
J: if we did get them
A: maybe seattle, but considering they had Jane Eaglen on the last outing, they are not so trustworthy
J: would it be better to do Cycle 2...so it is 4 days in a row, as it was intended?
J: it would mean leaving work at 5 three days in a row
J: I mean
J: it is in 2007
J: so like whatever
A: I'll take the f'ing week off
A: the issue with 4 days
A: in a row is how they run the casts
J: like the other cast will be less fatiugued?
A: like, they have to switch up the casts to do 4 days in a row
J: well I am thinking
J: if there are two casts
A: there's no way Brunnhilde can sing Gdammerung two days after Walkure
J: probably both cylces are split casts?
A: sometimes they do change Wotans for Siegfried
A: all tho they wouldn't necessarily have to in the first configuration
J: right but if not
J: then cast II would be singing four nights in a row
J: which is doubtful
A: at least, that's the sense I get for Western opera companies
J: unless there are three casts, which also makes no sense
A: but these are Russians, so maybe they don't mind worn down voices by the end
J: Gergiev is all "do it"
A: "In soviet union, we send Wotan to Gulag if he wusses out on third night"
J: Cut to: Brunnhilde in the back of the bread line. The WAY back.
J: the fun thing about Cycle I
J: would be seeing the first night AND the last night
A: good point
A: oh right...option two is nestled in option 1
J: I am guessing both cycles see both casts
A: we need more intelligence about how many Wotans are going to be involved in this thing
J: we shd call my sister
A: and if we actually know any of them
J: she's on the Eurasia desk