“The opera isn’t over till the fat lady sings.” (Anonymous)
Opera House is a theatre where usually musicians or the operas perform. In our early age, we have just read about the Opera House. It was a great experience when I had the opportunity to visit an Opera House “In the Heaven.” It was just like heaven where I had the most awesome experience by the phenomenal performance which was going to start from 8.30 – 11.30. I got this lifetime opportunity by my friend who is basically an actor performing live shows in the theatre.
When I had first arrived at the Opera House, it was silence all over, and red velvet carpet was covering the floor which made us feel it is not less than the festivals and awards that are attended by the celebrities. Beautiful chandeliers had made the ambiance more musical and fresh. The theatre was beautifully designed with famous musician’s paintings in the walls, and the seating arrangement was so well done that if we saw the theatre from a sixty-degree angle, a harp was being formed. My ticket was scanned, and through torchlight, I have directed the way for my seat.
Ultimately, the time came, and the show started, the lights dimmed, and the chandeliers were lighted. The music was very soothing, had a blend of classical and pop. The show had a spectacular audience as the performance deserved it. The word “act” was just getting its definition. That was the best experience from the very first opera of my life, what acting is, what a few lines of the song can do with the human mind and that was awesome. As Sir J. Merrill Knapp perfectly said, “Opera does not call so much for an imaginative ear as for an imaginative eye, an eye which can see beyond little absurdities toward great truths” (Knapp). The imagination continued in my mind long time after the opera actually ended. The fat lady was still murmuring inside my heart.
Apart from the magical part, we all were being provided with the list of artists who were performing along with a brief of their performance. All the details were given in such a way that even if we missed to check our list we could have a look after one performance was over that was seen in the projector too. Every performance ended with a piece of instrumental music that made us understand that the performance of another artist was going to start. When the show started, we all had been given some refreshments so that we do not leave the place in between disturbing the other audiences.
They had two intermissions in between wherein we could get fresh or come after some snacks which were just behind the Exit gate. A small cafe was built wherein all sorts of food were available. No eateries were allowed inside the theatre. Parking Zone was well maintained, and a side by side Taxi Stand was available arranged by the theatre. For Taxi, I saw a reservation counter where many people had booked their taxis after the show would be over.
I would love to experience these shows again that would give me such a wonderful and mesmerizing experience.
Anonymous. “Opera Quotes”. Notable Quotes, www.notable-quotes.com/o/opera_quotes.html.
Knapp, J. Merrill. The Magic of Opera. Harper & Row, 1972.