Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

Warming up the thumbs: LA Opera Tweet Seat, here I come

In about two-and-a-half hours, I’ll be sitting in the Loge section of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion watching the final Los Angeles Opera dress rehearsal of Simon Boccanegra, sharing my thoughts in real time with the world, 140 characters at a time.

  • The easiest way to follow along is to go to my twitter page:  https://twitter.com/#!/MrCKDH .  If you want to see the comments from all of the “tweet seaters,” the hashtag is #LAOBoccanegra.
  • If you’re interested in following the action without going to Twitter, I’ve included a “tweet feed” on the top right of this blog.  It doesn’t refresh on its own, so you’ll have to refresh the webpage from time to time.
If you have any questions or clarifications about the goings-on, please feel free to send them to me and I’ll answer as quickly as I can.  Pictures are allowed, video isn’t.


There’ll obviously be all the aspects of the performance and production to discuss, but there’s also the process itself.  This is, of course, all part of LA Opera’s promotion/experiment in social media.  Not sure where it is headed after this rehearsal:  will there be future tweet seats at dress rehearsals?  Will they allow/encourage tweeting at future concerts?  Will they let me do this again?

While tweeting at the opera is going to be new to me, I have done similar things.

  • Usually Mrs. CKDH and I attend USC football games together, but when we don’t, we text back and forth constantly during the game, one sharing info that only can be seen/heard on TV while the other gives the scoop from inside the stadium.  Football is very conducive to this, with its constant pauses in between the action, so perhaps that isn’t the best proxy.
  • While the audio from this year’s LA Phil season opening gala was streaming online, a live chat feed ran concurrently and I participated in the “discussion.”  It was easy enough to do and seemed fairly organic; however, unlike the opera, there was no visual element to which one paid attention, so perhaps that isn’t the best proxy either.


We’ll see how this all pans out.  At worst, I get a chance to hear some guy with not-a-whole-lot of baritone experience — um, Placido something or other.  At best, I help enlighten a major arts organization and change the world.  Stay tuned.


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