5 Things I Learned About Opera – My First Experience

 

Opera GlassesSaturday night my Facebook status read something like: “Heading to the Opera” I think I may have confused some people. While I am a work-at-home mom I have a few occasions when I get out of the house at night, typically it’s for a Mom’s Night Out or Night In, but sometimes I go to the movies, or even…the opera.

I was invited by Opera Carolina to attend their performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This was my first experience with opera and I learned a lot from going. I think it’s definitely something worth experiencing at least once in your life.

1. Opera Carolina provides Subtitles for their performances. My guest/friend, photographer Jamie, and I weren’t sure how much of the show we’d be able to understand from watching the actions and movements of the cast, but were delightfully surprised to see a discrete sign above the stage with subtitles in English.

2. Tickets are affordable. When I think of the opera typically I think of high-class and high prices, this is not the case. Tickets at Opera Carolina range from $15 to $135 depending on where you are sitting and when you attend. The lower pricing is great for those of you who want to “check out” the opera without spending too much.

3. Leave your tuxedos and gowns at home. Again, another misconception I had of the opera, {that was a reason I hesitated to attend} was that I had to be in a ball gown, dripping with diamonds, and looking flawless. While I did look flawless I wore black dress pants and a cute blue top and did not feel out of place, now I didn’t see anyone in cutoffs so let’s not get carried away, but don’t worry about dying your wedding dress and wearing it just to fit in.

4. They have concessions. Just like any other show they offer concessions, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase. One of my friends, frequent opera-goer Lisa Frame always gets peanut M&Ms. Unfortunately for Jamie and I, being dinner skippers would have loved a three-course meal, but love that they offer a variety since I wasn’t even aware that would be an option.

5. It can be exciting and fun. Aside from getting ready and attending the opera in itself, there were some cool moments in Eugene Onegin. The story was based on love that was raw, twisted and even led to death. Not all the moments in this opera were a little slower especially after being up at 2:00 in the morning with Baby C.

Overall, I’m really glad that I decided to overcome my objections of what I “thought” the opera would be like. I enjoyed getting ready for the show, having fun with a hilarious friend, getting out of the house, and enjoying some culture. The cast and crew of Eugene Onegin is incredibly talented and I loved the music and even a few silly parts that were highlighted.

If you want to check out Opera Carolina and see Eugene Onegin on March 22nd or March 25th, or just check out what the opera is all about head over to their website here: http://www.operacarolina.org/operas/

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Thank you to Opera Carolina and Opera Social Bytes for having me and my guest and for the complimentary items. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review and was not obligated to write this review specifically. All of the thoughts expressed above are my own honest opinions, yours may vary.

                  

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Jennifer Bullock

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