When the curtains rise, the show begins.
With the first sway of the melody, when the lights fade, we’ve transported far away. This story Aida, takes us back to Ancient Egypt, in the time of kingdoms, warfare, and a forbidden love.
Why the opera?
I get this question a lot. I was never taken as a kid. My first opera was a few years ago – Figaro by Mozart. A lighter story compared to Aida where the entire story revolves around a love that is opposed on all sides.
Featuring beautiful music, enchanting dances, and a large cast with an engaging set design. The story is put into four acts. In this particular show, they even used live horses in the show. There’s a certain magic that these shows hold for me and many more.
New York City is full of magic; opera is more of a niche interest because it’s mesmerizing – the soft gentle flow to the music, the rise, and fall of the characters; sometimes heroic qualities to the characters – and there’s always something fascinating and interesting going on.
One of the mysteries of the theater is how overlooked the beauty and quality of the Metropolitan is. A gorgeous building always featured with art and life, filled with people all there, for a single reason to enjoy the next show; to be lost within the rhyme and reason of the melody.
I took my sister to the show. It has sort of became our tradition. And occasionally getting yelled at by some serious viewers, for laughing at parts where we shouldn’t. I love the opera but I do have a tendency to find humor in anything, that doesn’t always translate well.
Let’s talk about etiquette for the Opera, it can save you some trouble if you decide to go or even use it as a fancy date. Dress nice. The opera is associated with the upper class and sophistication. No talking, once the curtain rises and the lights dim you could hear a pin drop from the audience.
If you want pictures, don’t get caught. Phone use is prohibited or frowned upon, I haven’t had an issue yet. The fans opera can be a bit intolerant of distractions from laughing to lights from phones. Don’t be surprised if you get yelled at and don’t take it to your heart. The fans take this style of art to heart for them it’s pure bliss.
Come to the opera and see some of the most elegant and beautiful flowing melodies and stories. Fall in love with the struggle and the majesty of it all.