Okay, I know what you’re thinking… shattered champagne glasses, long white evening gloves, and large women in Viking helmets. People give plenty of reasons why they think opera isn’t for them. But here are a few reasons you might want to give it a try:
Come as you are
You don’t need any experience with music or theatre to enjoy the opera… and you don’t need a tuxedo either. Plenty of people come to the opera in their blue jeans.
More drama than reality TV
Like a lot of operas, “The Marriage of Figaro” (Nov. 9 & 11) has lots of drama. The story features a philandering husband, his abandoned wife, and two people just trying to get through their wedding day. Identities are switched, bribes are made, and even the accomplices get confused. Love, lust, jealousy, and forgiveness—it’s all the same whether it’s a 200-year-old opera or an episode of The Real Housewives.
Grand music, costumes, and sets
If you love music, going to the opera is an opportunity to experience pure, unamplified voices performing the works by the world’s greatest composers. If you love theatre, you’ll experience captivating storylines and acting, enhanced by a live soundtrack. If you love fashion, art, history, or design, you’ll find all these elements within the characters, costumes and staging of the production. People are drawn to opera for different reasons, but everyone gets what they came for.
You might think a night at the opera is insanely expensive, but the Orlando Philharmonic’s productions start at just $22 a seat… that’s just a tad more expensive than going to the movies. And if you’re a student, present your ID at the box office and you'll only pay $10.
Go on, give it a try. You might just be surprised.
WIN TICKETS HERE!
I’m giving away 2 pairs of tickets so that 2 lucky couples can experience this extraordinary production. TO ENTER simply leave a comment on this blog with the name of your favorite character from The Marriage of Figaro (see the full list). Winner will be chosen at 4pm on Tuesday, November 6 using the random number generator at Random.org and announced via Facebook and Twitter.
The Marriage of Figaro
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring stars from The Met, La Scala and Carnegie Hall
Friday, November 9 at 8 pm AND Sunday, November 11 at 2pm
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org/Figaro
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