Someone said: if you loved your first opera, you would love opera forever. If you didn’t, you won’t. According to the someone, I will be a moderate fan of opera. I’ve been to concerts, musicals and cirque du soleils, but Julius Caesar was my first opera and I didn’t know it would be that long: over four hours with two intermissions. I didn’t fall in love with the opera but I liked the music. When I first saw the ‘O’ show, a famous and popular Las Vegas cirque du soleil, I loved the ‘music’ even though I am not a fan of circus.
The opera started elegantly with baroque music, which was calm, smooth and warm. The stage was inclined upward so the performers in the back looked much bigger. Without the summary of the story in the booklet, I wouldn’t have understood what was going on (of course, the arias were not in English. :))
I am wondering what kind of instrument the musician in the above photo played. It sounded like a cheery guitar (to me) and was a familiar sound that I heard from a music film. It may be a baroque piano? lol