Okay I’ve got a real schedule conflict on May 30, 2009. We have tickets for two concerts that day at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and its also the last night of our regular subscription at Accademia di Santa Cecilia. MAY 30, 2009!!!!!
The fact that I know about this conflict already scares the hell out of me. I’ve never planned my life that far in advance in the past
sixt fift few years. Six months or so sure but I bought those Salzburg tickets as the 2008 Whitsun Festival was coming to an end – one year before the event – one friggin’ year. I mean how the hell do I know if I’ll still be in Italy in May 2009 or alive for that matter. Of course optimism is the best approach to this sort of thing but one year in advance?????
So why not buy tickets to events closer to the dates? Well there are two good reasons for that:
- Often the things we want to go to sell out very quickly or at least the good seats do. Example: the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, on June 22 the best we could do for a performance on August 22 were two high stool seats in the back row of a third tier box, actually two separate boxes.
- If we don’t take subscriptions to things we talk about going and then when we finally decided find out it was two days ago.
So last night I sat down with our kitchen calenders (2008 and 2009 – yes we have that one already) and marked down dates. Keeping in mind that the tickets for next year’s opera season will go on sale in November so at that point we’ll have plans through to December 2009.
I’m just being optimistic!
18 lulgio – San Frederico