Going to see an Opera is probably one of those cultural activities you’ve thought about in passing, maybe while looking through the arts and leisure section of whatever local newspaper you may get – but we’re going to bet that for most the idea of sitting in a seat for three plus hours while a bunch of characters sing in a foreign language is somewhat, well, not your usual Saturday night out. From the perspective of cultural enrichment, going to the Opera is a thing of beauty. First of all, most Operas, especially if you plan it as part of a visit to an older city (maybe even somewhere in Europe) are in dropped architectural gems – the Opera was The Big Screen before there was ever a big screen. To this day its still an occasion for people to dress smart and at least look cultured. Next thing, language… it would be a lie to say that you don’t need to understand what they are saying, so why not read up a bit on the story, and a little history on the composer to help you understand what’s happening, and if that isn’t enough, yes, the playbill will usually have a pretty good summary of what’s happening, so you can read while you listen and watch. Big fun, very glamourous.