Yes, there was a time when anyone said "Carmen" -- everyone thought "Risė Stevens". I also saw her once in the role, in Cincinnati. Kay, what did you think of Rachvelishvili?
Well, I got to see less than half of Barbiere. Shortly after "La Calunnia" there was a monster power outage -- it knocked out blocks. Imagine sixteen movie auditoriums emptying their audiences all at the same time, everyone standing in line to get a rain ticket. The drive home was bumper to bumper, made more tedious by the fact that most of the traffic lights weren't working -- eight lanes of traffic taking turns crossing the intersections. And that was my Day at the Opera.