Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:51 PM
I am torn at the moment between seeing La Boheme at the ENO or waiting until later in the year when I understand that La Nozze di Figaro & Turandot will be on at Covent Garden. Hubby is considerably less enthusiastic about this undertaking than I am so probably won't want to see anything which he might think of as the operatic version of a chick flick.
I'd be very grateful if anyone could give me some informed hints, tips or advice on what would be best.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:05 PM
I think ENO productions are more accessible and the Boheme is much better in my opinion than ROH's Figaro (Yet to see Turandot so can't comment) though this might be down to seeing Glyndbourne's spectacular production last summer. Boheme is also quite short, so if you husband does end up bored, it won't be for long.
My advice, do Boheme, and if you can get a reservation in the American Bar restaurant in the Coliseum Great for an unrushed pre-show meal, my mother had her 60th there followed by the Mikado.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:10 PM
Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:53 PM
Figaro is looooong.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:46 PM
There are some good offers for La Boheme - see http://www.theatremo...ALOFFERS.htm#La - the best bet is the 2 for 1 offer as you can book on the ENO site and select your own seats. Point out to Hubby that this means he has another £90 or whatever to spend on another birthday present
At Covent Garden, although the cheapest seats are cheaper than the ENO's, you pay a lot more for good stalls seats than you would at the ENO.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:40 PM
Figaro is indeed long, and not (just in my opinion) the greatest for first timers. I agree with xanderl above that either Stalls or dress circle are fine for ENO-sat in both and never had an issue.
Can't comment on Covent Garden as I've never had the pleasure!
Posted 26 April 2013 - 05:57 PM
As for where to sit, the Boheme is by Jonathan Miller, whose work tends to not be "exaggerated" like traditional opera, so I think sitting nearer would aid the emotion. But ENO has great sight lines, and if you sit in the Dress you can see the orchestra which is a nice bonus, and the Boheme staging takes place over several levels, so being in the dress stops the action taking place above you, as it were. As far forward in the dress as you can afford is where I'd pick.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:20 PM
Personally I prefer the stalls at the coliseum, but it can a big strain on the neck if you need to read the subtitles as they are a long way up from the stalls!
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