Our family of three attended the final performance of Carmen for the season and it was magnificent. All the singing was superb but Simon Orfila was especially grand as Escamillo the Toreador. It takes great talent to take such familiar music and make it your own yet that's just what he did. The sets and costumes were top-notch and at times the actors and chorus on the stage numbered in the hundreds. It was a truly spectacular performance. The theatre is quite unassuming from the outside but inside it's lavishly decorated in red and gold with a massive chandelier of Murano glass in the middle of the painted mural on the ceiling. We'd purchased the tickets months before using the official website which allowed us, in English, to choose exactly the seats we wanted from a map of the theatre. We printed off our tickets at home and had no issues at the theatre. Patrons were quite well dressed. We were on a fairly casual, carry-on luggage only vacation but I packed a blue blazer, white shirt, and linen pants while my wife and daughter brought little black dresses with colourful scarves for accents. We were glad we did; the chinos and casual shirts we wore for the rest of our vacation wouldn't have cut it. A true highlight of our entire Italian vacation.
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