NYCB - how bad is fourth ring?Also Swan Lake question
Posted 17 October 2003 - 10:19 AM
Posted 17 October 2003 - 10:35 AM
Another suggestion about student rush tickets...
Though the location and availability of student rush tickets does depend on the performance (always check, as they aren't always available), one tip in getting good seats is to buy as soon as possible. I found that if I was up late, it was well worth buying a student rush ticket online just after midnight.
Posted 17 October 2003 - 11:07 AM
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which gives very good accounts of Balanchine ballets, will be at the Kennedy Center in early December, and the Royal Danish Ballet, another world-class company (although not now very strong, from reports on this board) will be there from Jan. 13-18 with one of their signature works, Napoli.
Posted 17 October 2003 - 11:11 AM
Opera glasses are a very personal thing, and I would recommend buying them in person, as opposed to on line or through a catalogue. A Google search may help you locate a local merchant.
where do I find a decent pair of opera glasses/binoculars? Is one preferable to the other?
Great improvements have been made since I bought my opera glasses. My 30-year-old Nikons give magnification/field of vision of 8 X 24, 7 degrees, and that's pretty good for the Fourth Ring of State Theater, Dress Circle of the Met, and rear balcony of City Center. (I'm not sure what the degree figure signifies.) Some of my friends are happy with 7X magnification, which is likely what my next pair will be, as that tends to give a wider view of the stage picture. Also, some newer models offer zoom capability, which is something I might like. Don't know, have never tried. The one feature that is indispensible to me is an independent fine-tune for one eye, as my uncorrected vision is vastly different between my left and right eyes, and I have to slide my eyeglasses down my nose to use my opera glasses. :cool2:
Posted 17 October 2003 - 11:19 AM
It says they went on sale Sept. 22 - luckily they haven't sold out yet, I guess because there's a fair amount of performances.
Yay! I'm really excited (and hope the weather cooperates!)
Further edited to say that I just found out that G will be the *front* row - unreal! I think I just got the last one. But I promise not to get too spoiled by it. This will definitely be an amazing experience.
Edited by LaraF, 17 October 2003 - 01:34 PM.
Posted 17 October 2003 - 11:28 AM
Have a wonderful time LaraF at all the ballets and keep us posted! :grinning:
Posted 17 October 2003 - 12:12 PM
Re NYCB's Swan Lake: I will swim against the tide and say, go ahead and see it! It was the first full-length Swan Lake I'd ever seen and I liked it. I had nothing else to compare it to at the time other than student productions. A few years later I saw ABT's Swan Lake. I like that too. They're very different from each other but that's what makes it all so interesting, isn't it? Although it's the one I really hanker for, I haven't yet seen Kirov's Swan Lake.
Posted 17 October 2003 - 02:46 PM
I happen to be looking forward to Christopher Wheeldon's version of Swan Lake with the Pennsylvania Ballet this spring. :huepfen:
Posted 17 October 2003 - 03:35 PM
As far as opera glasses...they don't have to be real expensive.... a moderately priced pair will do fine. Mine were only $20
Posted 17 October 2003 - 06:41 PM
Posted 17 October 2003 - 07:52 PM
The "Chinatown" bus ($20 round trip)
Drops off on East Broadway in Chinatown, way down at the bottom of Manhattan - if someone knows the area and can comment on the safety of transferring to the subway, I'd appreciate it!
Take the R7 Septa regional railroad, get off at Trenton NJ and transfer to the Northeast Corridor line of New Jersey Transit (about $26 round trip)
Drops off at Penn Station.
Greyhound/Peter Pan ($40 round trip)
Drops off at the Port Authority bus terminal.
btw, I found a really good online map of Manhattan here:
For sure it's not worth taking Amtrak, though the Accela Express trains are certainly faster. The Septa/NJT trains will probably be about 2 1/2 hours or so while the buses are supposedly 2 hours, but traffic could make that longer.
For going to the Kennedy Center, I'm hoping the new Chinatown Philly-DC route will be convenient.
Posted 18 October 2003 - 12:53 PM
Posted 18 October 2003 - 05:23 PM
Posted 25 October 2003 - 11:09 AM
When I was 14, I had to watch Makarova's and Nagy's performance in Swan Lake through a pair of binoculars, because I had shattered my glasses two hours before the ballet started! I find, though, that I enjoy watching the patterns and the contrast of the principals against the corps unaided.
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