Well, Gentle Readers, on the academic and opera-house calendars, summer is here. As a budding academic, I'm thrilled: three months to focus on my work! (Don't laugh. At least, don't tell me you're laughing. Thanks.) As an opera-goer, I am in mourning; my grad school stipend doesn't really stretch to travel for summer festivals. Although, if there is something absolutely amazing that you think I mustn't miss, to which public transit will take me to from NYC, do let me know. I'll count my pennies. So, Gentle Readers, I seek your advice. What should this blog do with itself over the summer months? I do, of course, have the Met's free concerts and the Mostly Mozart festival and a handful of other things on the calendar. Operamission has a number of summer events, as well. But I want more, and this is where you come in. Tell me what I should do, see, listen to, and read! If the NYPL has an opera DVD or book, it can be mine (and I've already ordered a brace of memoirs from Amazon's German site... stay tuned!) As for events in the city, I will spread my budget as far as it can go... and, schedule permitting, review anything for the price of a comp ticket (ahem.) Don't be shy, Gentle Readers: tell me what you'd like to see here, and do feel free to expand on this in the comments section.