Last Saturday night was the opening of San Diego Opera’s 2007 season. The opera: “Boris Godunov,” the attire: formal. First confession: This was my first opening night at the opera. Any opera. That’s not really the big story for me that evening.

Somehow I landed in the local newspaper’s “Currents” section.

The opera itself was amazing, Ferruccio Furlanetto stole the show and the supporting cast was nothing less than superb. I was transfixed, even when the lady next to me seemed to be sleeping — only to wake up and check her cell-phone.

Second confession: I leaned too far forward to reach my bottled water under the seat and I split the side-zipper on my dress. It was worse than a wardrobe malfunction because the zipper goes from top to almost the bottom — it was a formal-wear crisis. Luckily, I had a jacket that mostly covered the split. The dress survived the show and we even went to Denny’s afterwards (as opposed to the many post-opera parties I’m sure the opera patrons attended). The only problem was getting the dress off. We had to use pliers.

Third confession: I was a little confused about some of the fashion choices. I left my date at intermission and went upstairs just to people-watch. The most surprising outfit I saw was a man in a full-length mink coat over a tuxedo. I saw sashes and medals and small trains on women’s gowns. I saw elaborate make-up and sparkling jewels.

But again, here’s my take on the show. Were you there? Do you have any good opera stories? Or wardrobe malfunctions? Email me at

I’ll be blogging about performing arts in San Diego, so let me know if you have any questions about what’s coming up this year.


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