Forget the naughties for a minute...Barbara, earlier you said you already had your ticket for Les Troyens. Did you like it? I did. Since Jon doesn't come around much any more, maybe I can get away with saying this: Five and a half hours of Berlioz goes a lot faster than five and a half hours of Wagner. (Sacrilege, I know.)

The corps de ballet got a big workout. I don't think I've ever seen that much dancing in an opera before. Unfortunately, the dancers were underrehearsed and they weren't always in sync. But the choreography itself was fantastic (done by Doug Varone), especially the patterns formed by intricate arm movements even when the dancers weren't quite together. I enjoyed it in spite of the misses.