Enjoying the Opera During the Dog Days of Summer

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This weekend, the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program draws to a close with fully staged productions of The Magic Flute, Gianni Schicchi and Donizetti’s Rita at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. I distinctly remember the first time I attended one of the Foundation’s summertime performances. It was an extremely hot day and the air conditioned comfort of the theater was absolutely delightful.  It was even better than going to the movies because there was a live orchestra and beautiful sets and costumes. What a way to spend a summer day!

I will be at both of the performances this weekend and hope you can come, too. If you can’t come this weekend, there are additional performances on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. By the way, if you are new to the opera or would like to bring a friend who has never had the experience, both The Magic Flute and Gianni Schicchi are perfect for first time listeners!  

So that’s one of the things I like to do on a hot summer day in New York. What do you like to do?