I just ordered Grand Opera, a history of the Metropolitan Opera by Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron, because I love opera. I’m really looking forward to reading it. Just this past weekend, I attended a beautiful performance of Bellini’s Norma at the San Francisco Opera. This weekend, I will attend a performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Some of my favorite opera music is loaded on my iPod, and it’s often playing in the car as I travel around California.