There is hardly anything more special than dressing up for a night out at the opera. With such a great variety of shows to see and music to sample, you will be in for a night of guaranteed entertainment.
Even tedious or monotonous shows will give you plenty to talk about – particularly if you are on a date with your loved one.
However, there are certain unwritten rules, that when observed correctly, can make your evening seem so much more sublime.
If you have never been to the opera before, or it is the first time you will visit during a first date, then follow our top tips below for a truly magical evening.
This is something of a misconception when it comes to opera performances. It is not true that you have to dress like a movie star, or as if you are going to a job interview, you can keep it informal and relaxed.
Unless a specific dress code is given, then you can simply wear what you normally would if you were going to a theatre.
The most expensive seating is not necessarily the best. It will usually be the closest, but it will not always be better in terms of sound.
If you want to find out where the really good seats are – then you will almost certainly want to purchase tickets at the box office and ask the people working there where they would recommend. They can usually give you a few good pointers as to where the best seats are.
Operas tend to be lively places where the crowds will either erupt into spontaneous clapping, sing along to a chorus, or praise the performers.
You might even be asked to erupt in song or be encouraged to participate in a good, old dance-along.
It is always better to get into the spirit of the evening where appropriate, particularly if you are attending with a date. It will make the evening much more memorable and fun!
This will be a fairly obvious point for many, as noisy phones are hardly welcomed in any performance-related environment, regardless of whether you are going to a cinema, play or the theatre.
But during an opera, on a date with your partner, a noisy mobile is a special kind of evil and is likely to earn you a fair few frowns and glassy stares should it start ringing.
Therefore, do yourself (and everyone else) a favour, and switch it off or keep it on silent.
This varies from venue to venue, but most theatres do not allow you to bring in food, although drinks brought from the venue are allowed. Hot or smelly food is a definite no-no and should be avoided.
If you really want to maximise your enjoyment of the opera and impress your date with your cultural, in-depth knowledge about the play in question, why not cheat a little bit, and visit Dr Google to find out a little more about the performance.
You would be surprised by how much more you appreciate the play once you know a few of its secrets!
There is nothing more awkward then arriving into the venue when the show has already started. It will usually involve having to squeeze past rows of people who have already sat down and may even disrupt the flow of the play itself.
It is never a good idea to arrive late when you are on a date anyway – so do yourself a favour and get there at least ten minutes before it starts.
There is hardly anything more special than dressing up for a night out at the opera. With such a great variety of shows to see and music to sample, you will be in for a night of guaranteed entertainment. Even…