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.