In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Opera's most excited audience

Mar 10, 2011 8:42:00 AM
By BLO Staff

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While everyone (or
mostly everyone) gets excited before going to see a live performance- whether
it be a play, a concert or sure, even a live sporting event – I think it would
be hard to reach the excitement level of a child. Children usually get excited
about the smallest stuff, but giving a child the opportunity to see a
performance kicks the anticipation level up even higher. If the child has never
been to a performance before they aren’t sure what to expect; while for the old
pros, they know the “proper theatre etiquette”.  Kids think it is just the coolest to see the story come to
life right before your eyes and I think that excitement, to some extent, never
leaves us.
What I’m trying to
get at is that after seeing the audiences at BLO’s Opera for Young Audiences “Hansel
& Gretel” these past few weekends, I realized how thrilling it really is to
be able to experience an opera live. Seeing little kids unsure of what to
expect walking into the show with their parents and grandparents to reassure
them what exactly is going to happen made it clear to me that opera really can
be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are 7 years old seeing a show for the first
time, or 70 years old and seeing your favorite show for the 5th
time, the emotions you feel in the time between walking into the theatre before
the curtain rises and leaving the theatre after curtain call don’t change or
fade with age. 
- Katie McNamara, Saint Anselm College

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