A higher level of etiquette exists at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, where clapping occurs only when necessary, lasts for as long as deserved, and doesn't include standing ovations unless the ovation is truly earned. It is a place where silence is not only valued, but demanded, and where EVERYONE has the courtesy to abide by the rules.Only in this environment do the arts receive the respect and appreciation they deserve, and only in this setting do they flourish as the have here in Italy.
The bows swayed synchronously.The music danced around the theater.The red curtain separated and behind it appeared the most beautiful scenery.A Japanese hut over a river, a footbridge made of stone, cherry blossoms and greenery adorned the stage.Although the singing was phenomenal, the set and the orchestra were more intriguing to me.Vocally, I prefer coral harmony to monotone opera dialogue and exaggerated arias. Being informed of the plot before hand, helped me to follow the plot during, keeping me interested.At times, shivers ran through me, but I'm not sure the opera moved me emotionally. People say of the opera, "You either love it or you hate it."I think they are wrong because as of right now, I'm indifferent.Perhaps that only means that I have the potential to love it eventually.Perhaps I am comparing Opera to my other theater experiences and I shouldn't do that.Perhaps there is a linguistic and cultural barrier present for me right now and that is interfering with my full appreciation.I really don't know.In any case, I am glad that I went to the Opera it is something that everyone should at least try.