Our night at the opera!

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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 been sold out for some time. Needless to say, I was thankful.


Either I never realized it, or I had forgotten how many famous songs come from this single Bizet opera. My son knew at least four of the tunes, including Les Voici, Voici la Quadille", which is perhaps best-known from its appearance in the "Bad News Bears". Another tune that was immediately recognizable was "Habanera". I have heard this countless times, but I never knew how interesting the English lyrics really were. Here's a sample:



Love is a gypsy's child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you better beware.

The bird you thought you had caught
beat its wings and flew away ...
love stays away, you wait and wait;
when least expected, there it is!

All around you, swift, so swift,
it comes, it goes, and then returns ...
you think you hold it fast, it flees
you think you're free, it holds you fast.




The opera center itself is a gorgeous piece of architecture, with sweeping views of downtown Austin. In fact, it boasts one of the finest skyline views that I have seen in recent memory.

Overall, it was a terrific experience, and I would highly recommend attending an event there if you have an opportunity. We will certainly return at some point soon. From my perusal of the program, it looks like they have some great shows planned in the upcoming months.

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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
That's awesome that they were so accommodating. And very cool that your kids knew the songs =)
Apr 19, 2008 10:30 AM #1
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Jason- I love opera! My mother sang folk music and opera and of course hippie music. She would practice around the house and I would just love it. She took me to see Madam Butterfly and Phantom of the Opera, some others too but can't remember the names. Thanks for bringing back some cool memories. 
Apr 19, 2008 10:33 AM #2
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX
OK I have a new music venue now, Jason.  And I love opera!  Thanks for the info!  Steve
Apr 19, 2008 10:35 AM #3
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
I'm jealous, Jason.  I've been dying to see Cartman live for ages now.
Apr 19, 2008 10:36 AM #4
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Jason.....  tell Paul that he isn't funny all of the time... lol    I love plays and musicals.  Just never been to the opera.  Glad you all enjoyed it....

jeff belonger
Apr 19, 2008 02:54 PM #6
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com
Well I guess that just shows some of the differences between Austin & Myrtle Beach...You get a new opera house, we get a new ampitheatre for rock concerts at The Hard Rock Theme Park.  And a roller coaster there called "Led Zeplin the Ride"
Apr 19, 2008 04:09 PM #7
Roberta LaRocca
Simply Vegas Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507
Jason,  It would be nice to understand what they are saying.  I think that is one thing that always turned me off on opera.
Apr 19, 2008 04:45 PM #8
Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent
I've never seen a live opera, but I like the idea -- the drama, the emotion, the voices doing amazing acrobatics.  That looks like a beautiful venue.  Does your son enjoy the music?
Apr 19, 2008 05:25 PM #9
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

LISA - My son recognized a few of the songs, and I think just about anyone would in this case.  They were very accommodating, but it was their error to begin with, so we sort of expected the help, I guess.

KATERINA - I remember you had mentioned some of that about your upbringing previously.  Very cool! 

STEVE - It looks like they have some great shows planned for this venue.  I would definitely recommend it.

PAUL - Figures.

JEFF - We had a great time.  I would actually like to find a good play to take the kids to see sometime.

JEREMY - Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World", and we host the South by Southwest Music Festival every year, along with Austin City Limits, so we have our share of rock shows around here, too!

ROBERTA - It really made it a lot more fun since we knew what they were saying.

ELAINE - Really?  I am surprised.  I have seen a few, but never one with subtitles until this one.  The cast was great, the setting was awesome, and yes, he loved the music.

Apr 20, 2008 02:02 AM #10
Sharon Yeary
Sharcom Realty - Southlake, TX
Jason, I would love to see this.  I am going to send your blog to Lindsay, my niece and son in Austin.  She would love this!  Thanks so much for the information.
Apr 20, 2008 03:16 AM #11
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
I have never been to an Opera...sounds like you guys had a great time ! I will have to try and go at some point ~
Apr 20, 2008 03:29 AM #12
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Jason, sounds like a great night at the opera.  One of the lenders that I've worked with used to sing at The Washington Opera alongside Placido Domingo.  His close friend, Carl Tanner is an international opera star who went from bounty hunter to opera sensation, if you can believe it.  Read more and hear his magnificent voice here:  Carl Tanner
Apr 20, 2008 05:49 AM #13
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin
Jason: Thanks for the update, I was wondering if you enjoyed it. Have a great week.
Apr 20, 2008 09:30 AM #14
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
It's like your folks said when they had you, Jeff.  They can't all be winners. lol.
Apr 20, 2008 09:57 AM #15
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL
That is awesome Jason. No one can have too much music experiences in life.
Apr 20, 2008 12:29 PM #16
Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)

Hi my friend Jason, probably not the place to put this, but I want you to ge the points :).  I check them every time I log on, and send you a cheer.  See, I'm really your #1 fan, no matter what Ms. Deb says :).  Anyway I put this on Alan's post too.  Looking forward to having some fun with you guys. 

I'm glad you read the post on what I've learned from Mike.  You might want to use that as a kinda blueprint on the top 1 or 2 things you want me to work with you on.  The other think I need to know is you goals, and your past production.  So put some thought into that, and remember they are YOUR goals, so it doesn't matter what the # of transactions are, as long as that is what you want to do. So get me those #s, and the couple of things you want to work on the most.  Remember to involve the family in this too, if you have their support it's half the battle.  Also in doing your planning remember you are striving for balance too, although that's really hard the first few years.  However look at the five equities of your life, work, family, spiritual, financial and physical and set goals in all areas of your life, and write them down with a specific date of when you will accomplish them,

We'll have fun with this, and I'm looking forward to it.  Speaking of fun, check out our wedding plans at Good Golly Miss Molly...is getting married in the rain...Active Rain that is , can't wait to hear your comments :).  Liz

Apr 20, 2008 08:40 PM #17
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
Jason, I love the Opera. My dad played classical music and Opera all the time in our home while I was growing up. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings irritated with him because he was playing his music so loud. He would be playing it all day and even through dinner. I remember eating my food with passion because of the music. Later in life, I realized what a gift he had given me and all that wonderful music lives in my memories and come back when I hear these wonderful songs. We will have to look at the summer programs and plan to go. It would be good for us and I am sure we would enjoy...just as you and your family did. I have friends there in Austin. I should introduce you to them. I don't think they will buy real estate...they want to come back to California....but they are wonderful people! Nice post!
Apr 21, 2008 12:37 AM #18
Brendan Cooke
Passport Realty, LLC - Baltimore, MD

Glad there is someone else on AR that posts about opera...I was starting to feel like the odd man out.  I split my time between opera and real estate.  Actually, just wrote a blog post about one of my best friends, and his REAL LIFE proposal, after a performance of Le Nozze di Figaro.  They've been entered into a dream wedding contest...it's a remarkable story, and I'd love any help you can give spreading the word.  It'd be great for them, and great for opera if they won!

Here's my post:


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