- Mar 21, 2015
- San Francisco
As transported as I have been at Wagnerian venues, I always feel constrained and afraid of tapping my toes, as most Wagnerian opera patrons, particularly at the Met, will turn around or tap others on the shoulder disapprovingly. ... An opera is full of introverted patrons. A Dead concert is full of extroverted ones. The music from an opera is very, very filled with awe and wonder - as is the whole of the experience from a Dead concert.
I make a point to laugh openly and exuberantly whenever I'm amused by an opera performance. I watched Amadeus a few too many times as a young child, and have appropriated the movie's impression of Mozart's laugh. It's quite something to hear, for instance, when an obese Walther absurdly pulls his sword out in Act 2 of Meistersinger to fight Beckmesser (singing to Magdalena).
Debating whether to wear something scandalous to opening night at the met.