Perhaps opera is not for all......in fact opera might be only for the few. Unless it is The Phantom of the Opera, which has, it would seem, a cult following, if the packed lines and sold out seating was anything to go by. We had to weave our way through the heard and up the stairs for our seats, me burbling away singing "shove, shove, shove" until a girl snippily told me I "could ask nicely", sheesh if I had been on my toes I would have said "young lady I have not yet begun to shove!" or used a well placed German phrase (no Jordan not chinking German).
Just so you know HOW hard core we are, Hannah bought the tickets back in June, she got almost a whole row, and we had been gloating over the tickets for months, polishing them and keeping them safe in cotten wool and strong boxes.
As the burble of voices and a view of the stage finally magnified for me that we were truely there, I was so excited that the only way to control it was to burst into song (which could be argued as a lack of control). Then upon remembering where I was, promptly shut up, the lady sitting next to me wasn't of our party and I didn't want to scare her....to much.
How to discribe it, the diming of the lights, the first voice breaking the silence, "Ladies and Gentlemen"......from then on out entranced and caught up in the opera we were. And when that chandelier went up and the story which I've listened to over and over again visually came alive and it was corking.
The music is wonderful, Frank Loyd Webbers genius is clearly marked here, the soaring strains dark tones and flirty, joval notes fit together to make a glittering and engaging performance. The cast and props where also well done, however I must admit that Sarah Brightman getstop billing in my books. No one can take the place of that clear and pristine voice, which seems almost impossibly lovely.
Most likely I'll never do it again, but for that one short time, it was worth it. To feel like we were back a hundred years or so, pre TV and movies, and opera and plays were THE entertainment, made it even more enjoyable.