Richard Dyer and I had worked together on a neighborhood project for augmenting public lighting in our area; he knew of my interest in music, and suggested that I write a review of an upcoming opera of the Compañía Lírica, then in its second season.
I duly attended a performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and wrote about the evening. Lezak Shallat gave me several pointers on style, and kindly edited my first attempt at criticism.
I have been an occasional contributor over the past 25 years, and have seen the paper grow from 24 pages to its current format. Happy 50th Birthday, TT.
(Travel Agent Ted Wasserman is The Tico Times’ opera critic, author of the “Travel Tips” column, and writes occasional reviews of concerts and restaurants.)