A Night with @OperaPhila

Say it Rah-shay By May 04, 2014 24 Comments

As part of my “A Taste of the Arts of Philadelphia” prize, I was sent a pair of tickets to the opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I love classical music but my exposure to opera comes from a few arias on a classical music’s Greatest Moments CD. The Bee was voluntold to go with me; I take her to many of the cultural events I am fortunate to attend with the thought that she should experience as much as possible to make a more informed decision about what arts she may or may not prefer. The opera was being performed at the Academy of Music and we arrived with a sea of people who seemed excited about the show ahead. I was excited too but really unsure of what to expect. I am happy to have gone and would gladly love to attend again.


Lessons learned from a Night at the Opera:

The opera is accessible. Before the start of our show there was “Opera Overtures”, a free introduction to this season’s opera performances. This talk was designed to create some buzz for the upcoming season and it was led by Michael Bolton, Opera Philadelphia’s Vice President of Community Programs. Also, during the performance English subtitles were streamed over the stage to translate the libretto. The subtitles were not intrusive and didn’t take away from the action on the stage.


The opera is full of action.  I was under the false impression that the opera would be boring. I was comparing an opera to the musicals that I love. The opera was just as action packed with an interesting storyline and the orchestra plated beautifully. I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, laughing at the outrageous actions of the singers and gasping as Don Giovanni continued his shenanigans.


The opera is something to be experienced at least once. Like the contagious excitement that comes from a sports event, the buzz from the audience made me so excited to have tickets. The people sitting around us chatted about the performers and what they were looking forward to. Unlike other productions that we have been to in which we listen to the soundtracks until we know them by heart, we were totally unfamiliar with the story of Don Giovanni. For future operas I will probably get a back story but I was enchanted by the action on stage and pleasantly surprised with where the story went.


The opera is for all ages. The Bee balked and complained all the way to the theater, even dozing off at one point but even she was on the edge of her seat at the end of Act I as we watched the mischievous Lothario Don Giovanni escape his fate once more from getting his comeuppance. We had to scoot early due to an early morning track meet but The Bee made references to the opera all weekend, even dialing up a classical music station on Pandora.


Today is the last day to see Don Giovanni but the next up is A Coffin in Egypt, which looks like it is full of secrets and hidden truths. Here is a teaser trailer for you.



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Tell me…have you ever been to the opera? If so, what should I add to my list of “Must See?”

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  1. I have never been to an opera before It’s one of those things I would love to do sometime, but I never think of it.

  2. Ashley Gill says:

    I have always wanted to go to the Opera! Such emotion!! I have a feeling I’d be that lady bawling my eyes house.

  3. Liz Mays says:

    I’ve never seen an opera. I’ll bet this was quite the experience, and I hope to see one someday too!

  4. I have been to musicals and plays and productions but never a Opera I almost saw phantom of the Opera when I lived in Toronto but I decided not to and I wish I had done so. I think it would have been worth the money.

  5. Yes indeed! MAKE SURE you see Phantom of the Opera. Absolutely amazing!!! (Is that considered actual opera? Or just a theatrical? Either way, see it!)

  6. Theresa says:

    I have yet to go to the opera, but it is something that I really want to do someday. We don’t have them come through our town very often, but if I ever hear of a good one in Chicago, I will have to make the trip to check it out.

  7. triplezmom says:

    I always say I’m not an opera fan, but I’ve never actually seen one live. I have a feeling that might win me over.

  8. Pam says:

    This sounded like a wonderful experience for both you and your daughter. I have been once and wasn’t thrilled about going. Once there, I absolutely loved it. I need to go again.

  9. Pam says:

    Live shows are so exciting! I have never been to an opera but I think it is definitely something I need to experience.

  10. I love opera singing, it’s powerful and absolutely beautiful.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful opera. I have only been to a few operas in our area but each and every trip was unique. I would recommend the experience to anyone who loves music.

  12. It sounds like you had a great time. Unfortunately I have only ever heard opera singing that was sung by someone that shouldn’t have been singing it. I had to share a cubicle with someone who did not believe you should have to wear headphones. After that I never wanted to hear opera music again.

  13. I agree, it’s great to experience the Oprah, Especially with a child who can benefit from the experience.

  14. Mommy2jam says:

    I would love to go to the opera. that would be amazing. Sounds like you had an great time as well

  15. Amanda Her says:

    I’m glad you had a good time at the opera. I’ve never been to one, but it’s on my bucket list!

  16. lawna says:

    Lucky you to win the prize and attend the Opera. I once won a $1,000 blog giveaway.

  17. alice chase says:

    What a fun prize! My husband and I love going to any type of art venue, galleries, musicals, opera, or symphony. I’m glad you had the opportunity to experience it!

  18. What a great experience! I have never seen an opera live, but I’ve been introduced to La Boheme via the music, and I’d love an opportunity to go!

  19. Never really been in one but hopefully I get to chance to see how it will be really like, personally.

  20. Melanie says:

    I have been to a few, I know someone who sings and it’s always a pleasure to watch them on stage!

  21. Toni says:

    I have been to the opera before. I would love to go back, there is just something beautiful about the singing.

  22. Dawn says:

    I have seen a couple of plays off broadway and loved them! And my daughter saw Phantom of the Opera in NYC last year. 🙂

  23. Amanda Love says:

    I’ve only seen the Phantom of the Opera and I loved it. Would love to experience a bit more of it.

  24. I’ve never seen an opera before, but I’ve watched snippets of them on TV and movies. I’d love to watch one though.

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