Number 101. The last item on my to-do for life list was to see the Johann Strauss Orchestra live. An orchestra? People that know me would probably be so surprised by that. I've always been known as the old school hip-hop head. But, the truth is that my music taste is very eclectic. There are very few music genres I don't like. Pop, rock, pop-punk, rap, hip hop, r&b, jazz...I like a bit of it all. I liked a bit of all, but Opera certainly wasn't one of the genres in that category. My vision of it was the fat lady in a Viking hat screaming at the top of her lungs, justifying that as "singing." You can blame Looney Tunes for that. However, I'm glad to admit, I was very wrong.
One day, I was in one of my YouTube wormhole moments and I came across André Rieu. I watched one video and became hooked. Hooked on his concerts, his orchestra, and Opera in general. The environment he created looked absolutely wonderful. I knew I wanted to be apart of it one day. That one day would come sooner than I thought.