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Friday, April 2, 2010

Overcoming Opera Obstacles

Reposted from my Examiner page.

Would-be Metropolitan Opera attendees are often inimidated by certain myths and legends that have grown up around the opera house.

Let's take a look at some of these misconceptions.

I don't want to dress up!
The only "required" formal wear at the Met is on the stage and in the orchestra pit. Male members of the Metropolitan Opera Club attend in either tuxedos or white tie and tails. (They have their own set of box seats, on the north side of the Dress Circle.) Most audience members wear ordinary street clothes. And some people have been known to wear little plastic Viking helmets to performances of Wagner's Ring.

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