Spent the evening at the opening night of Vancouver Opera's "Don Giavonni," and by intermission we decided we had had enough. Upon arriving it seemed like mass confusion, and appeared the theatre did not have enough staff to deal with the crowd. After finally finding our way through the see of confusion, we found our seats. At first it seemed every seat in the house was going to be good, but as the opera began, we found out that was not going to be the case.
First of all, the seats are very close together. Secondly, the offset in the heights of the seats are off (what I mean by this is... I'm 5'11 and if I sit straight up in a chair I should be able to look over the top of a 5'5 women's head who is seated below me....not the case.) Lastly, the sound within the theatre is very poor. There were times, when the performers would be at a certain location on the stage and you could not hear them singing. Not to mention the person who was assigned to run the overhead (which provides the translation of the song) must have been asleep. There were times we must have went three to five verses in a song with NO translation. Then to top it off, there were a lot of misspelled words. By the time we got to intermission, we both agreed it was time to go and get something to eat.
So I'll close by saying, if you're looking for a night were you can't really see the performance, hear the performance, understand the performance but want to be seen around the Who's Who of the city, this is the place for you. My wife and I both agreed, being from Vegas, we must be spoiled to the quality of shows we see on a regular basis.
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