Opera At The Cinema

On the spur of the moment, Phillip and I hopped in the car, drove up to Regal Cinemas at Thornton Place and watched a (recorded) live presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera.

I’d never seen The Magic Flute before, and I admit that I was more impressed by the production than the opera itself. (It featured a giant, rotating stage, enormous puppets, dada-esque costumes, and lots and lots of fabric.)

Phillip and I used to go to the opera semi-regularly at the Seattle Opera House. We’d always go to matinées – not because we were trying to save money, but because our sugar gliders expected us to be home, serving them breakfast, at 8:30 p.m. sharp.

That changed when we tried to buy tickets to Porgy and Bess on the day they went on sale. We discovered that Seattle Opera was doing only one matinée, and it had been sold out, except for isolated single seats, by season ticket holders. We discovered that was the case with all the operas we wanted to see that season.

Even though there are no sugar gliders in our apartment now, we haven’t been back to the opera since.

Anyway, it was fun to be back at the opera this afternoon, even if it was in a movie theater.

After the opera, we had a nice lunch at Jewel Box Café.

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