In an effort to keep some little hiking momentum going after our walking tour in Scotland, we went for a short hike not too far from here during a dry spell in the off-and-on rainy weather we’ve been having. I wrote a trip report of the hike for the Washington Trails Association web site, which collects reports from individual hikers for the benefit of other hikers. You can read it at http://wta.org/~wta/cgi-bin.dev/wtaweb.pl?7+reports+displayM+2008082315
Seattle is known for, among other things, a rainy climate and an opera company that habitually presents a work by Wagner during the one gloriously sunny month of August. Recent summers have included the Seattle Opera’s International Wagner Competition, giving visiting and home-grown Wagnerians another opportunity to feed their passion, particularly in those Augusts when the operatic offering is a single opera rather than a full Ring cycle.
But this year’s August opera is Verdi’s Aida, which, to a Wagnerian, is not the same thing at all. The Company needed something to fill out the week for those who were coming to hear the Competition. Ben Heppner, last heard here as Tristan in 1998, would be a Competition judge; why not have the heldentenor present a song recital, accompanied on piano by Seattle Opera’s Principal Guest Conductor Ascher Fisch, who conducted the company’s recent productions of Parsifal, Lohengrin, and Der Fliegende Hollander.