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Sitting With Wife In Top Row Of Houston Opera Is As Good As Sitting In Royal Box In Europe

Two days ago I went to the opera with my wife. Though we sat in the very top row of the opera house, the truth is that when I’m with the wife, it is as if I’m sitting in an opera box reserved for a king, a czar, or a grand duke. It makes no difference where we sit. Next to the wife I am in the best seat in the house. 

Above you see a picture of the Royal Box at the Teatro Real in Madrid. (This picture was taken by one Andreas Praefcke.) Sitting  next to the wife in the top row must be just like sitting in that royal box in Madrid. 

My wife is the best person ever.

What the wife and I saw was an operatic adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Wortham Center here in Houston. I told my wife this was the first time I’d ever been to the opera. Though when we were driving to the show, I recalled that I had once seen an operatic version of Voltaire’s Candide at the Dayton, Ohio opera with a former girlfriend. (Please don’t tell the wife this fact.)  

My review of this Houston Opera show is as follows—-There was a great deal of singing and the performers were all in costume. The subtitles shown at the top of the stage were of great help. The wife and I had a fine time and we may well go again.

Here is a review of this show from the Houston Chronicle.

Here is a history of opera. This history says that opera began in Italy in the early 1600’s.  

Below you see a newspaper illustration from 1888. The people in the opera box are quite sophisticated at the performance. But later in the night they get drunk and whoop it up.

January 27, 2009 - Posted by | Art, Houston, My Wife Is The Best Person Ever | , , , , , , ,


  1. nice illustration 🙂

    Comment by nursemyra | January 27, 2009

  2. TexLib,
    Bice change of pace…
    In the past, I would attend the opera here in South Florida on a regular basis. After reading your entry, I plan to get tickets for La Nozze de Figaro, playing in Miami in March. Thanks for the motivation.

    Comment by lastpersonleft | January 28, 2009

  3. Nice not Bice… sorry

    Comment by lastpersonleft | January 28, 2009

  4. 🙂
    Another nice post.

    Comment by Judith | January 28, 2009

  5. Thanks for all these kind comments. I’m glad I was able to, in a way, help the folks out at the Miami opera.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 28, 2009

  6. Well, it probably does need your wife to feel comfortable in the heights of Wortham Center. These are some of the steepest steps I have ever encounted in any theatre…

    Comment by (one) Andreas Praefcke | January 30, 2009

  7. Mr. Praefcke–Those were very steep steps. I did notice that. Thanks for posting the picture. It was of help.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 3, 2009

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