We have seen opera in the U.S. (both coasts), England, France, Vienna, and Budapest. These days, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Prague, and Germany are on the bucket list. So far, Budapest is our favorite opera house, although Vienna runs a pretty close second.
|Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest|
Photo by Andreas Praefcke
If you do go to the smaller opera houses, though, it is good to keep in mind that their supertitles may be only in the language of that particular country. So unless you read, say Hungarian, you might want to forego a comedy or completely unfamiliar work. We picked Tosca, my favorite opera ever. Like most Puccini basics, it is pretty easy to follow even without translations, so we had no trouble.
|Beverly Sills in La Traviata|
Photo by James Heffernan/
|Licia Albanesa as Mimi|
in La Boheme
But the most magical moment for me was sitting in the second row at the Met for Capriccio. To be so close I could actually hear Kiri Te Kanawa's voice in the last scene — pure magic. Click the link to check it out for yourself: Kiri Te Kanawa in Capriccio. The best bits start at about 4:15.
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