OPERAS, BIRTHDAYS AND JOAN SUTHERLAND
After 1984, George did not have the opportunity to meet Pavarotti in person again, though the tenor continued to perform regularly at the San Francisco Opera.
1985 Season Guide
This was the guide to the 1985 season. Operas
included Turandot, Falstaff, Un Ballo in
Maschera and Der Rosenkavalier. Marilyn Horne and Placido Domingo
were among the performers that season.
In 1985, as George's 4th birthday approached, his parents asked him who he wanted to come to his party. He answered: "Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price." (The latter four were also favorites of George's.)
His parents asked, "Are we invited to the party too?"
George shook his head and sternly replied, "I said, Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price."
tickets from the 1986-87 season
The 1986-87 seasons'
operas included The Barber of Seville, Le
Nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor. Dame Joan Sutherland, a
famous coloratura soprano who was well-known for her role as Lucia, was one of the people George was to
meet. On the opening night, she became ill and was replaced by an understudy.