This has been a happy week for opera fans with the announcement of the 2013/2014 season of the Metropolitan Opera. I for one was thrilled, and already started making loads of plans to go to New York at least twice this season. And although I am super excited on one hand, I can’t help but feel miserable in the other. You see, this discovering of new friends and operas and fangirling is amazing, but in the real world here for me things are not going so smoothly.
For starters, studying music around here was never easy; I don’t think studying music is easy anywhere, but apart from the run of the mill difficulties, we have to deal with a lot of extra problemas.
|One of our only blackboards with pentagrams being used as a bullet board. One of the studens left a note in chalk that reads "Please use me as a blackboard not as a bullet board. PAULO (our course director) DO SOMETHING!"|
|one of the many broken windows|
Another rather humiliating fact is that we are forced to eat our food cold. Yes, you read right, cold lunch. Most of us cannot afford to eat out every day (and when I say us I mean students, staff and teachers), so we cook at home and bring it to college for lunch. Back on the other campus we had a very old heater, but it worked and our food was warm. Sadly this item was not brought into the new campus. There is a cafeteria in the Campus, but the owner has strictly forbidden his staff to heat anyone’s food. So neither staff nor students can eat their food brought from home warm. This isn’t even rather humiliating; it’s utterly and completely humiliating.
Even the basics are lacking. Some teachers have no chalk in their classrooms, yeah, CHALK! So they have to go around the other classrooms asking for some and the other teachers can only give them a bit of it because chalk is apparently extinct on the Campus. Also there are no batteries on the remote controls of the ancient music players; only yesterday one of the teachers bought a pair of batteries so he could teach his class properly.
|this is all the chalk one of my teachers had to teach yesterday|
We students are trying every way we can to change our situation, and I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing here. But I see that people from so many different places, from all around the world, sometimes read this blog and I think it’s nice for this situation to be known by other musicians and music lovers apart from us.
So that’s basically it. Watching Parsifal tomorrow, YAY!