Wellington Chic’s – Tip’s for your first Opera (from a ‘non-opera go-er’)
image supplied – credit Neil Mackenzie
You can read all about my interesting experience here, but I wanted to also share my Top Tips for heading to your first Opera when it’s not normally ‘your thing’
• Pick an Opera you actually like the sound of…read up the storyline and see if it sounds interesting to you. If the write up doesn’t capture you, it might not be ‘the one’.
• Don’t be worried if your budget wont stretch to the expensive seats.
Take what you can get if it means you can get there…
Yes splash out if you can, but in the likes of the St James Theatre, there are almost ‘NO bad seats’ you get an amazing and different view from each and every seat I have ever sat in there.
• Check out if it’s likely going to be all out Tux’s and Evening gowns or if it’s just ‘going out wear’…
If it’s formal wear, go for it, it’s fun to dress up.
If your unsure you could call the Box Office at the Theatre to enquire what is the usual standard of dress for the night you are attending.
• St James Theatre, I love you and love going there, but goodness me I freeze my ass off every time I do.
I have learnt now to plan my outfit around the temperature.
I never check my coat and take it into the Theatre with me. Last time I took a Pashmina with me too so I could layer up.
• Does the Opera have a web presence?
Check to see if there are You Tube video’s, check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and see if there is a #hashtag in advance of going.
Here you can see read up about the opera and often their Facebook pages have lots of interesting notes, interviews and tidbits to check out beforehand (and some great photo’s after).
• Get the Opera program when you arrive.
Read the Directors notes in the program and everything else in it especially relating to the show…and it’s fun to check out the cast, out of costume 😉
• Don’t be afraid to go by yourself.
Pump up the music beforehand while you’re getting ready, boost your confidence and rock it out.
Don’t miss out on the experience, just because you’re on your own.
• Make a night of it (I didn’t as I had a house full of Teenager’s before and after)…but next time it would be an early Dinner somewhere fab beforehand close by and Cocktails afterwards.
• If you don’t go out for dinner before hand, have dinner before you leave home.
The Opera is usually quite long and it kinda sucks to be completely fa-moused half way through the performance that will also see you scoffing large quantities of potato chips at Intermission ‘cough-cough looking at myself’.
• The St James has a no glass policy in the Theatre, so you may think you need to drink up before heading in…instead you can get your drink in a plastic glass to take in with you. So it may well be the same at many Theatre’s around New Zealand.
• Soak it up, indulge in it, step into the life of the characters on stage and you will enjoy it even more.
• GO – It’s a great experience and we have some huge NZ Opera talent here in New Zealand to hear and often have visiting star’s from other countries performing also.
Have you been to the Opera / Want to go?
What did you think?
What surprised you the most about it?