How was your experience?
This was our first time at the opera. We have been meaning to try the opera for a long time, but sticker shock has kept us from getting tickets. So when we saw half-price tickets, we decided to take the plunge. It was an interesting experience! The people watching was outstanding. The opera house is over-the-top. I didn't realize that opera singers typically work without any amplification. Once I realized that was on purpose and not some kind of technical/acoustical glitch, I started to really admire the voices that could make themselves heard above the orchestra and throughout the huge theater. The performances were excellent, as far as I could judge with my minimal experience of opera. Surtitles made the action easy to understand. The set was pretty simple, but beautifully done. I don't think we're going to turn into opera buffs on the basis of this one experience but we had a good time. Worth trying!