Upcoming Opera Events

 

Feb 27, Mar 1 & 3  The Nose by  Shostakovich - Opera Boston - Live Opera - Boston

March 26 - Mostly Mozart - Dinner concert at Danella's restaurant Federal Hill, Providence 

Mar 12-22 - Opera on Land and Sea Sarasota Opera House Tour & 7 Night Opera Cruise

April 23  - Just One of Those Things Evening of Cole Porter with the Island Moving Co.\

 

OPERA 101 F.A.Q.s OPERA MYTHS OPERA IN POP CULTURE OPERA ETIQUETTE TERMINOLOGY TRANSLATIONS

OPERA MYTHS


I won't understand it.
The days of attending opera and not understanding a lick of what's going on are over. Thanks to the invention of supertitles in the mid-1980s, you no longer need to be fluent in a foreign language to understand the opera. Supertitles (or surtitles) are English translations of what is being sung, projected above the stage, and are always featured at all Opera Providence productions.

 

I have to dress up.

Many years ago opera was just for the elite class and royalty, and thus patrons felt it necessary to dress to the nines when attending opera. Nowadays, everyone goes to the opera and there is no dress code. People come to the opera dressed in everything from jeans to evening gowns, so please feel free to attend the opera in whatever clothes you feel comfortable. If you're still unsure though, just give us a call or email us at info@operaprovidence.org and we'd be happy to help you out.

All opera singers are fat, screaming ladies in horned helmets.
"It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" is a phrase typically associated with opera, and the image of a fat woman in a horned helmet screaming away in a foreign language is the great stereotype for opera around the world. That image grew out of some Wagnerian operas and is really not seen much anymore (even in productions of Wagner's operas today!). Today's trend for opera singers in America and throughout the world is for singers to be believable in their roles in size, stature, voice and dress.
 


 

Opera is expensive.
Actually opera tickets are comparable to the prices of other live entertainment, and in some cases cost less than a major league sporting event (Atlanta Hawks tickets can cost up to $400 for one seat!). Single tickets to Opera Providence start as low as $15 and we offer a variety of discounts for students, seniors, groups, Press Pass holders & WGBH members.  The ticket page for each performance lists all discounts available.

Opera is for "blue hairs" only.
Opera is the fastest growing of the performing arts with more than 20 million people attending annually. Not only are audiences growing, but they're growing younger too!  In fact, one of the fastest growing audiences at the opera is "Generation X", the 18 to 30 year olds, whose attendance at opera grew by more than 18% in recent years.

Opera is boring.
Opera is actually a great party a visual, aural, emotional spectacle that electrifies all the senses. We like to call it the 'ultimate multi-media art form.' In our very visually oriented society today, we look for and even expect entertainment that dazzles us from all around. Opera, with its spectacular sets and costumes, glorious voices, and stories that tear at our heartstrings, does exactly that, and there is something in it for everyone.

 


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Last modified: 02/26/09.