One disadvantage of leading a peripatetic life, is that you really can't take a lot of possessions with you. Right now, just about anything I've ever collected in my life is back at my house in England. Maybe it's just as well, as my prized collection of theatre, opera and concert programmes may have a lot of memories for me of great performances at New York's Met, Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House, Opera Bastille, and other great opera houses, concert halls and theatres around the globe, the occasions when I saw Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Cecilia Bartoli, Montserrat Caballe, Marilyn Horne, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Evgeny Kissin, Sviatoslav Richter, Martha Argerich, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Maxim Vengerov, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mstislav Rostropovich, with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw and all of the other great orchestras of the world, but I guess stacks of hundreds of programmes are not the most photogenic things in the world, especially as I keep them in three large suitcases.
So, instead you get a photo of my set of Chinese coasters, which is probably a lot more interesting!
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