A very daunting social event is a night at the Opera. This can be very overwhelming and scary for someone if they have no idea to expect. Here are a few tips to help you make it through the night (and lead everyone else to believe that you are an Opera expert!)
Who are the major composers? Remember these names: Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, & Puccni. More than likely, you will be attending an Opera by one of these heavy hitters.
What are the different styles of Opera? Comedies & Drama. You can easily tell by the music and the actions of the actors on stage.
What are the parts of Opera? The Aira is a long interrupted solo vocal that sound like songs and the recitative is a dialogue that sounds like two singers going back in forth.
What do you wear? You should wear a cocktail dress and men should wear a coat and tie. If you are going to an opening night or gala event, break out your black tie clothing.
When do you clap? You applaud when the conductor takes the podium and when the curtain goes down.
Intermission? What do you do? Go get a drink! You also may be able to score a seat upgrade if seats go unclaimed.
How do I stay awake!! Drink coffee prior to the performance and keep mints in your purse. If all else fails....just shut your eyes for a few minutes. Even the most serious opera followers do it...more than they will admit.