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Old November 9th 03, 05:54 AM
EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)
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Default "Emergency" purrs for an opera lover?

I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn
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Old November 9th 03, 07:01 AM
Arthur Shapiro
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In article , "EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote:
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint.


Wow...what a story. And I thought travelling from California to Chicago for a
piano recital was fairly heavy-duty!

Purrs from here, of course. Is there any possibility that the Swiss embassy
might have some clout, even for a non-citizen?

I'm curious, if it isn't a state secret, who the singer in question might be.


Art
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Old November 9th 03, 07:08 AM
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!


Can't think of anything helpful, but we will certainly send you purrs that
you get to see your favourite singer in Zurich.

--
Marina, Frank and Nikki
marina (dot) kurten (at) pp (dot) inet (dot) fi

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Old November 9th 03, 08:24 AM
Yoj
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me

that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for)

a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer

in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not

exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed

the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is

so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with

the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in

care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.)

I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows

how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've

done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so

more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered.

Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn


No suggestions, but lots of purrs coming from here. I hope you get to
see the performance.

Joy


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Old November 9th 03, 08:35 AM
Steve Touchstone
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On Sat, 08 Nov 2003 20:54:53 -0800, "EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)"
wrote:

I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn


What a bummer :-(( Can't think of anything else to add to what you've
already done, but will send along purrs that you can get tickets
somehow.
--
Steve Touchstone,
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Old November 9th 03, 09:24 AM
Lois Reay
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What a bummer Evelyn and how disappointing it must be for you (it's not like
it is in the next town!!)
Sending purrs that you get some sort of positive satisfaction from the fax,
emails and letters you have sent.

Lois

"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn



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Old November 9th 03, 12:09 PM
polonca12000
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I'm so sorry I cannot help you - I do not speak any German. I do hope there
is a way for you to attend the opera performance you would like to see.
Best wishes and purrs,
--
Polonca & Soncek

"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

snip


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Old November 9th 03, 04:12 PM
Christine Burel
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Many purrs for you to get your tickets, Evelyn!
Christine
"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn



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Old November 9th 03, 09:07 PM
lrulan
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dang, that sucks. Nothing we can offer in terms of advice or suggestions,
but we will pray and purr that somehow those tickets get into your hands.
Jazz & his mama

--

Irulan
from the stars we came, to the stars we return
from now until the end of time


"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Evelyn



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Old November 9th 03, 09:53 PM
Yowie
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in
message ...
I posted the following to my travel and opera newsgroups, who probably
can be of more help from a practical standpoint. However, given the
proven "power of purr", I figured it would do no harm to post it here,
too. I can certainly use all the help I can get!

__________________________________

After believing my Zurich hotel (Hotel Opera) when they assured me that
procuring tickets to "Die Meistersinger" the next to last week in
December would be no problem for them, in July I booked (and paid for) a
non-changeable, non-refundable airline ticket from L. A. to Zurich.
This week I received an e-mail from the hotel informing me that the
operas were on "subscription series", sold out, and although they've
placed me on the Opernhaus waiting list, they are not too hopeful!

The sole reason for the journey was to hear my favorite opera singer in
a very demanding role which he may not sing again (he's in his
mid-sixties, and thinking of retiring from the operatic stage). I
cannot afford to forfeit the rather substantial amount of money the
airfare represents, so MUST make the trip to Zurich, but am not exactly
overjoyed at traveling all that distance for nothing! I have faxed the
opera house explaining my particular circumstances, but my German is so
inadequate I've no idea whether the fax number I found in the season
brochure is likely to reach the box-office.

I have written a followup letter to the opera house box office, with the
same information I put in my fax, but it will take a week to reach
Zurich from Los Angeles. I have written a letter to "my" singer in care
of the opera house, telling him the problem and asking him to use his
influence for me. (The opera is probably in rehearsal now, but there
will be the same week's delay before he gets my letter - if he does.) I
have also e-mailed him at the address he once gave me, but who knows how
often he checks his e-mail, or even whether he monitors it himself?

When I first decided to go, I asked Western States Tickets to find the
opera tickets for me (I'd rather pay their inflated prices, as I've done
in the past, and KNOW I have seats) but they "have little demand" for
opera in Zurich or any other venues off the beaten tourist path, so more
or less told me (politely) that they didn't want to be bothered. Short
of camping out in the box-office lobby for my entire week in Zurich,
hoping to waylay someone who cannot use their ticket, does anyone have
any suggestions how I might manage to attend at least ONE performance?

Any help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated.


What a bummer!

However, i hope these suggestions will help.

Just ring the opera house in question and ask for someone who speaks
English. Most people in Europe speak perfectly good English, give it a go.

Send e-mail as well as the letters.

Go to the opera house web site and use a translation program to translate
the page. The translation wil be terrible, but you should be able to make
sense of it. See if you can book on-line

Try various e-bays. www.ebay.de is the German one. Again, use a translation
program (I think www.babelfish.com still run one, but you'll find them via
google) if it makes to sense to you.

Or even try writing your story to a newspaper in Germany. Maybe someone
would be willing to help - heck, you could even try putting a classified ad
in. I don't speak German either, but surely *someone* could sonstruct a
short "wanted" ad in German for you.

And last but not least, contact various opera societies and ask them for
help.

And don't forget to write a *stinking* letter to your hotel and/or travel
agent for not getting the tickets in the first place.

Many purrs in your quest.

Yowie


 




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