In my previous opera experiences years ago I had trouble following the plot and I assumed this would be the case again. To my surprise the English subtitles were shown on a screen above the stage. Being a visual person that feature enabled me to enjoy the show immensely and become an opera fan.
The first tragedy, “Suor Angelica,” started slowly but ended in dramatic fashion. The opera was a good warm-up for “Pagliacci,” a very dramatic story with some comedy but ending in tragedy. Both operas were enhanced by beautiful costumes, sets and wonderful music.
Due to the renovation of Municipal Auditorium the San Antonio Opera will move to the Lila Cockrell Theatre for the next performance – “The Marriage of Figaro” – in February. I look forward to watching another opera in a different venue. The auditorium is not very audience-friendly. The chairs were uncomfortable and many of the seats do not even face the stage. At intermission the restroom lines were very long (at least for the women) and the refreshment area was cramped. The acoustics did not do justice to the excellent performers. I look forward to seeing the results of the auditorium’s renovation.