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HippieVan at 12:00AM, Nov. 20, 2015

Yesterday evening my friend and I donned our prettiest dresses and went to see The Marriage of Figaro. Neither of us had ever been to the opera before, and we weren't the only ones - it was “student night” where they sell cheap tickets to the final dress rehearsal, so the vast majority of the audience were young people who had probably never even step foot inside the concert hall.

At some points it was a bit obvious that we were new to the opera. People didn't always know when to applaud, and when the curtain fell some students started leaving without waiting for the actors to do their final bow. (“Maybe they've only been to movie theatres?” suggested my friend.) But I noticed as the performance went on that everyone seemed to really be getting into it. The laughs got bigger at each joke as the audience got more comfortable, and the actors got a great round of applause at the end. Even the really young high school students seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Personally I never thought I'd enjoy an opera. I never particularly liked the music itself when my dad tried to play it for me as a kid, and that was compounded by my inability to understand anything that was being said. I was pleasantly surprised, first of all, that modern operas now project “surtitles” above the performers, translating the original language into English. I also hadn't looked into the story at all and hadn't been expecting a comedy - certainly not such a clever, funny one. I can definitely see myself attending more operas in the future…er, providing the tickets are only $12.50 again. I'm still a student, after all.

Have you had a chance to experience something new recently? Is there anything that you're really into now that you never thought you'd enjoy before you tried it for the first time?

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Niccea at 7:35AM, Nov. 21, 2015

The college in our area produces the top names in Jazz. (If you get first chair in the college band you are guaranteed a gig for life). They participate in our annual Arts and Jazz Festival. Which, strangely, has a lot of German food.

HippieVan at 1:27PM, Nov. 20, 2015

Thanks for the recs! I had a kid's version of the Magic Flute on tape when I was a kid and I used to love it.

Gunwallace at 9:44AM, Nov. 20, 2015

P. Craig Russell is the most obvious example. His Magic Flute adaptation was a 'best seller', but only on the East Coast of the U.S. He's done a bunch of operas as comics. In you read German there a comic version of Orlando here ... Just recently a NZ artist, Mat Tait, did a glorious version of the Flying Dutchman.

HippieVan at 8:58AM, Nov. 20, 2015

@KimLuster: I've never had the chance to see really good jazz live! We have a jazz festival every year, but my city is very...well, very white honestly. We don't have much of a jazz scene. The free outdoor concerts in particular have been pretty embarrassing in the past.

HippieVan at 8:56AM, Nov. 20, 2015

@Gunwallace: Any good opera-based comics you'd care to recommend? I don't know of any myself!

bravo1102 at 6:08AM, Nov. 20, 2015

I love opera. I don't even read the titles because I love the music. Then there's going to the theater either musicals on Broadway in London or Chicago. And I did theater back in the day and I still have it in my blood.

KimLuster at 4:48AM, Nov. 20, 2015

Some art forms are just better live...! An uber-talented Jazz Band is awesome to see live, especially when they start improvising and 'trading licks'! Same with a Bluegrass band!

Gunwallace at 1:04AM, Nov. 20, 2015

Of course this newspost is comic related. There are a number of comic book adaptations of opera. I married into an opera-going family. It's been an interesting experience, but as I don't have to pay for it, and get great seats, I find it all wonderful. I has given me an idea for a retelling of the opera Eugene Onegin with a Rugby motif that I might do with Playmobil one day.

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