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Who here is an opera fan and what can i expect?
Its the Magic Flute!
I like opera. Where are you going?
Don't worry about the *rules* and stuff. Most opera companies now are desperate to attract younger fans, so they'll have nice programmes explaining the stories, they won't have strict dress codes, and they're relaxed about when you clap. The old people left who care about that stuff are a dying breed.
The last opera I saw was Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht in Birmingham, it was AMAZING. It was 6 hours long and featured a string quartet in helicopters outside the venue, soloists on trapeze-type swings, and A REAL CAMEL.
I applaud your attention span
and breaks. I thought I was going to get bored, but there was so much going on!
Nice, quite jealous! I didn't get a ticket in time and then found out too late that I could've gone to the dress - so annoyed. Would've loved to have seen it, the helicopters were buzzing round outside our office all week. Apparently the electronic elements weren't done particularly well, but that the rest of it was amazing?
Actually I liked the electronic bits (though I've never heard the piece before). That was the first part where you all sat in the dark and the lights flashed on and off and it felt a bit like you were in Doctor Who.
My least favourite bit, surprisingly, was the helicopters, because although it was a fun spectacle the music wasn't as exciting as in the other parts, and it did remind me a fair bit of Challenge Anneka.
The best bit was when the soloists dangling from the ceiling pretended they were travelling over different types of scenery, like a steam train and elephants, and the extras acted it all out.
as well as the Helicopter Quartet on The Space, so perhaps there will be an official release. Hope so, the bits of the live stream I saw were very interesting!
Yeah, the helicopters are purely there as a gimmick anyway so I can see why it wasn't the best bit. I suppose it drew a lot of attention to the performance though, which is quite cool.
Were you a Stockhausen fan before seeing it?
but I remembered my A Level music teacher talking about the helicopters years ago and was intrigued.
I definitely am now though - a lot closer to things like Sunn 0))) than traditional opera! I'd like to try and see some more.
I might be working that night!
I am working on thursday but I'm not sure if i'm at the kings or royal yet
Just enjoy it! Is it theatre royal?
Going to see the bear in the little car, huh?
Expect to be able to make out the gist of what's going on but desperately trying to read your programme between scenes to see if you missed anything. And expect proper music, proper drama from a proper lad (Mozart yeah). I'd like to go to more often.
enjoy papageno, he's the best. i presume it'll be subtitled, BUT i would recommend reading through the story beforehand (wikipedia it) so you can enjoy the music and the staging and you're not scrabbling around trying to figure out what's going on.
also just clap whenever everyone else claps, it'll be fine.
you will love it, it's hard not to love the magic flute. (this season i am hoping to see le nozze di figaro, the nutcracker, and die fledermaus. ooooh.)
my mam wants me to take her to the opera for christmas, she keeps dropping hints but it's dead expensive i'm not made of money
next thing you know she'll be reading the guardian and drinking tea made from unbleached teabags
Anyone seen that? I should really watch it.
and classical concerts but the price puts me off.
Our company do a lot of work with scottish opera so they offered them to me. They have offered before but i've never been able to go!
but there are usually good discounts on the day of the performance, or a £10 at any time for under 26's!
and there was a 2-manned horse costume in it. I was very young so that was a major highlight. I think it's definitely a good idea to start with the more lighthearted, earlier ones like The Magic Flute but the real enjoyment for me started once I'd seen a couple of Puccini and Verdi operas. Absolute dons.
Great fun and the music was just immense! Thought the queen of the night was brilliant, and from where i was sitting pretty hot!