I saw my first opera last night, La Boheme, and I didn’t fall asleep. I stayed awake for the whole thing and even kind of enjoyed it.
I was surprised by how similar it was to a modern musical. Really the only differences were the singing in Italian, the live orchestra, and lack of cheesy dance numbers. Otherwise it was a modern musical. And yet as much as I love musicals, I wasn’t that impressed with the opera. Why? I had to madly read surtitles, so I couldn’t follow what the performers were doing on stage; I didn’t appreciate the the operatic signing; and there were no cheesy dance numbers – I love the cheesy dance numbers. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I spoke Italian.