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Our night at the opera!
Last night, I went to the newly opened Long Center with my wife, son, and mother-in-law to see Bizet's "Carmen". I remember distinctly that when I was a kid, I never enjoyed the opera quite as much because I had no idea what they were actually saying during the songs, even if I knew the general storyline. This is no longer an issue, since they provide projected subtitles for all of the dialogue and lyrics. Even my nine-year old son was able to follow along easily.
"Carmen" is a relatively long opera, clocking in at just over three hours, which includes two pretty long intermissions of about 20 minutes each between acts. Time seemed to go quickly, thanks to a very talented cast, many of whom are international performers. This was the third musical/opera that my son had attended, and we were all impressed with the production.
Unfortunately, they had sent us tickets for the incorrect date, and since we didn't double-check them before arriving, the four of us could not sit together, but they did make an effort and they found seats for us (two seats each in two nearby locations), despite the fact that this performance was opening night and had ... more

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