Only over the past few years have I discovered a deep enjoyment of opera. As a child I was introduced to every other form of music and my parents were lovers of the theatre and live performance. This explains my love for musicals.
My only brushes with opera were the Three Tenors and the movie Pretty Woman. I have never forgotten the line, ‘Oh, it was so good, I almost peed my pants!’ exclaimed by Julia Roberts’ character Vivian, when asked if she enjoyed watching a performance of La Traviata.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the perfect place to experience the opera for the first time. In fact last for around 40% of those that attended HOSO’s performance last year of Carmen, it was their first opera experience. I just wonder how many of them were as moved at Vivian?