We went to see Carmen. We got there at 7:30 to enter Section D. We had thought this too early but we realised that coming any later would have been a mistake and we would have been forced to squash in anywhere.
So, it was a long wait till 20:45, however, I had paid so that we can sit on a balmy evening listening to the songs of Carmen. It was windier than expected and the kids got cold waiting for the performance to start.
There are several things that one has to be aware of. This is very steep and climbing the stone steps is hard work for some folks!
They sold no water!
The toilets are miles away, once you are up in section D or any of the other cheaper seats.
The acoustics on the day we were there, were not good. It sounded if the band and the singers were playing under water. It could have been because of the wind, but I think it had to do with much more about being too far away.
Some people think that bringing little children to watch an opera is educational. It is not, leave them at home or do this kind of thing when they are older.There were little children eating sweets, fidgeting and talking and being so far away there was little for them to enjoy.
We then left after the first act. Ok we are spoilt because in Austria this kind of outdoor experience in a historical place is done so much better.
Like I said, I paid for the experience, certainly not the performance. My 17 year old expected more and my 20 year old would have continued to watch and had no expectations. My husband and I are opera goers and really ,as such, we would have had to get more expensive tickets, which would not have been worth it for this performance and cast.
This is a much overrated experience and it would have been better to actually just visit the arena during the day.
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