|State Opera from the Northeast|
Yesterday was the second time I'd gone to the Vienna State Opera, last time for Turandot. This time it was Tosca, a Puccini opera set in 1800 in Rome, as Napoleon is threatening the city. It's as tragic as you might expect, with murder, double-crossing, dramatic suicide, and lots of melodic screaming. I know almost nothing about opera, but I enjoyed myself, and that's going to have to be enough.
|Central entry staircase from balcony section|
Inside are 5 levels above the main floor, the decor soaked in cream, rich dark red, and gold. I was on the 4th level above the floor, in what we'd call an obstructed view seat. Basically, if I leaned over all the way, I could see the left half of the stage. Unfortunately, most of the action in Act 1 took place on the right half. Fortunately, each seat comes with a little translator that looks like one of those little LCD screens on 1980s-era word processors.
For the second act, an elderly German lady asked if I'd like to switch seats with her because of her bad knee. (I was on the aisle) So, I could see everything from Act 2 on with a bit of a lean. Photo from the Act 1 intermission below...
|Some dork who thinks he's all cultured now|