Prior to November 10th, my only experience with opera was watching a telecast in a rainy park while I was visiting a friend in Philadelphia. Truth be told, we were more interested in our sandwiches and the dog on a neighboring blanket than we were in Carmen’s treachery.
French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a
Christmas Eve truce. I certainly did not anticipate getting so wrapped up in the story what I would actually clutch at my armrests when the main character crept out of the trenches and started singing a Christmas carol. Weep!
If you, too, are new to opera, here are a few things I discovered:
1) You don’t have a wear a vintage cape-let to fit in
In fact, you could probably just wear a cute dress and boots. Or dress pants and a sweater. Or a cute red vintage dress with blue tights and a fake fur coat. It doesn’t really matter.
2) It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Italian/French/German
That’s why there’s a screen with captions above the stage.
3) Wear a good ‘sitting’ outfit
Because that business is looooong. Now is not the time for control-top tights and that super fitted vintage dress.
4) Yes, they really do sing that high. And yes, it is crazy impressive
Would it have shattered a crystal glass? Perhaps I should have smuggled one in and found out!
Have you ever been to the opera? What “fancy, cultured” things intrigue you?