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My First Time at the Opera

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My First Time at the Opera

Review of: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
By: Brad Feld
Rating: 5
Read review on Judy’s Book.

Amy and I went with our friends Dave and Maureen to the opera last night. Yes – the opera (the music thing, not the browser.) Now that I’m 40, I’ve decided it’s time to make sure I do more “grown up things” and the opera seemed like it fit the bill.

Amy is a classical music fanatic and loves the ballet, so I’ve always spent plenty of time at the symphony and the ballet. I particularly like ballet as it’s usually a little warm in the theater which generates a deep nap (one of those sloppy sweaty ones) if the ballet isn’t captivating me (I love modern, I fall asleep during story ballet.)

So – I expected to enjoy the opera for a little while and then fall into a deep sleep. We saw The Abduction from the Seraglio and I was blown away. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is phenomenal. The seats are comfortable (we had great ones), the acoustics were awesome, and the set was beautiful.

Abduction from the Seraglio is in German, which was a little weird since the “radio opera” I usually hear randomly is usually Italian. There were these cool little electronic translation screens on the seat backs (“The Figaro System”) that translated the opera into English, which made it really accessible.

I loved it. Even though I was wiped out from my week, I stayed fully engaged. The music (Mozart) was engaging and the performers were stunningly good.

Of course, we started with dinner at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House in the basement of the Opera House. The food was awesome and the decor / environment was really interesting.

It’s always great when your “first time” of something goes well. Last night was really fun. Thanks to my friends Dave and Maureen for making this event happen.

  • Jessica Schallock

    Brad, good for you for going to the opera! It’s never too late. I’ve been an opera fan as long as I can remember, and I saw my first opera at the age of 3! Both my parents played in the orchestra…

  • http://www.FatCalico.com Erik Schwartz

    Seraglio is good fun, a great opera to start with.

    Supertitles (and more recently seatback translations) have fundamentally changed the way Opera is consumed. In the old days you needed to either be fluent in the language or spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for your night out.

    Some other stuff that is “local” to you… You should check out the operatic production at Aspen Music Festival and whatever Santa Fe Opera has in their season.

  • http://entrepreneurevolution.com Adam Dudley

    I’m with you on modern vs. story ballet Brad.

    I also have a lady who likes the arts, so I have spent my fair share in the theater.

    While I enjoy modern immensely, story ballet is a snoozer.

    I�m sure I would enjoy Opera, but unfortunately, here in culture deficient Orlando, Florida, there aren�t many Opera opportunities.

  • http://www.flywheelventures.com Trevor Loy

    Brad – Great review. I’d like to make a standing offer to you and Amy to join my wife and I sometime at the Santa Fe Opera! It is a fantastic, outdoor (but covered) theatre. The sun sets immediately behind the stage as the opera begins…

  • http://parallax.blogs.com Niel Robertson

    I was just in Miami talking to the general director of the Miami Performing Arts Center. The system they are installing for their October launch is unbelievable advanced. You can order drinks from your seats, has a swipe card, language translation, program notes, and eventually (through VA perhaps) you can buy the performance (digital) from the show floor and have it emailed directly to you after the show. I also saw a production of Carmen my Dad conducted. In french, about a Basque woman, with simultaneous spanish and english supertitles. Talk about babelfish!

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