The Opera Experience
Opera was born in Italy over 400 years ago and continues to evolve today. Different types and styles of opera developed over centuries in numerous countries across several continents. This means there is an incredible amount of variety in opera. Think of how much popular music today has changed just in your lifetime, and then imagine a genre of music that has been growing for 400 years!
In essence, opera is a synthesis of music and text where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a storytelling experience through music employing all of the visual tools of theatre: live performance, scenery, costumes, and lighting. Opera can be found in grand, majestic theaters or it can be produced in community centers, schools, churches, or even baseball fields! What’s important is the connection between the performers and the audience. All that is required to enjoy an opera production is an open mind and an open heart.
Above all you should feel comfortable attending an opera. There is no dress code and you will see attire that ranges from ball gowns to blue jeans. Many people make a night at the opera a special occasion, but what that means is different for everyone. It is true that many operas are sung in foreign languages, but like many companies today, Opera Omaha projects English translations of the text on a screen hung above the stage. Opera Omaha wants to make opera accessible to as many people as possible – the lowest ticket price is comparable to a movie ticket, and students receive even further discounts.
See you at the opera!