About me

My favorite singers: Baltsa, Carreras & Cura

If time, money and health permitted I would travel to see opera every month in the year. But I am a librarian in Norway and I have Crohn's disease.

I started my OperaDuets Travel in 1981. Of course I was not OperaDuets then and I did not have internet or computer then. First was an operetta in Oslo, Norway. In 1982 first live opera was in Stockholm, Sweden. 3 operas in 1983, 3 in 1984. 3 in 1985 (actually one opera, two operettas). But in 1986, nothing. In 1987: 2 operas. 3 in 1988. 11 in 1987.

Conclusion: In 1986 I was sick, I spent weeks in hospital. I was dreaming of running away. But the road was all uphill and I was weak so I stayed in hospital... dreaming of freedom. And in 1986 there was no Ipod. Oh misery!!

1990-1999: 7, 1, 2, 3, 1, 4, 3, 5, 10, 6.
2000-2009: 17, 13, 25, 20, 24, 27, 21, 21, 13, 15
More statistics, here.

First time I saw Agnes Baltsa: 1996-04-06 Samson et Dalila (Camille Saint-Saëns), Opernhaus Zürich (Dalila)

First time I saw Josep Carreras: 1990-04-19 Recital Josep Carreras, Oslo Konserthus (tenor)

First time I saw José Cura: 1997-10-13 Fedora (Umberto Giordano), Wiener Staatsoper (Loris Ipanoff)