02. July 2010 · Comments Off on Wagner, Secretly (?) Tweeted · Categories: Opera, Read Online

No, I’m not saying that Herr Wagner tweeted. I’m saying someone tweeted all of Die Walküre at San Francisco Opera. I can’t say I’m thrilled. I’m very distracted by the screen of a phone. Believe me, they are obvious to many of us. I also doubt very much someone listens as carefully if he or she is trying to use their electronic device to tweet, 140 characters at a time. Not to mention we are asked to turn the darn things off. But some people can’t seem to stay away from their smart phones, even for 4 1/2 hours.

Yes, I was the annoying guy sitting amid a sea of evening wear in a T-shirt and sneakers, holding an iPhone as low as I could and trying to not to get kicked out by the ushers for violating the house “no electronic devices” policy.

You might think that Twitter and opera (not the browser) don’t work together. On the one hand, you’ve got epically long, rich visual and auditory feasts for the senses that require significant education to appreciate. On the other, you’ve got a text-only medium that restricts you to 140 characters, is free to use, and currently reaches more than 30 million people, who use it to broadcast such prosaic items as what they’re wearing, whether its raining or if Ronaldhino has just scored a goal.

Yes, I was the annoying guy sitting amid a sea of evening wear in a T-shirt and sneakers, holding an iPhone as low as I could and trying to not to get kicked out by the ushers for violating the house “no electronic devices” policy.

You might think that Twitter and opera (not the browser) don’t work together. On the one hand, you’ve got epically long, rich visual and auditory feasts for the senses that require significant education to appreciate. On the other, you’ve got a text-only medium that restricts you to 140 characters, is free to use, and currently reaches more than 30 million people, who use it to broadcast such prosaic items as what they’re wearing, whether its raining or if Ronaldhino has just scored a goal.

RTWT

I think what irks me the most, though, is that the darn guy got free tickets to the opera. I love San Francisco Opera. Love love love it. I blog about it. A lot. I sing their praises. I’m never offered anything. I am, I suspect, not even on their radar. How sad does that make me? Very very sad.

And if I did get tickets? I’d not live tweet while I was there … well, unless the requested that I do so and put me in a spot that wouldn’t cause any issues. Say … backstage or in the pit or maybe in my own private box. That would work.

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