Everyone should feel comfortable in his own clothes while visiting an opera or theater. Okay, I think. Let´s look for a classical outfit. A nice, simple dress (I definitely don´t want to be overdressed) and my best jewelry. I think that a visit to the opera or theater is not like going to the movies. My dress did not cost a fortune. To be honest I bought it a year ago during sales for almost nothing. On an evening like this I want to feel special too. But what I see many times this evening makes me wonder. Sneakers at the opera? A simple shirt, paired with some jeans?
I wonder how I would have felt in sneakers and jeans in between people wearing evening dress and even a tail coat. For sure out of place.
After 3 hours of Johann Strauss´ „The Fledermaus“ I am happy and applauding to the singers, actors, the conductor and the orchestra and to everyone who´s been working to make this wonderful evening. What do I see? Others hurrying out to be the first ones at the wardrobe? The curtain is still up and singers, actors and ballet dancers from the Viennese opera still on stage? I think it´s disrespectful to the actors, it´s disturbing to the other visitors. It´s not making any sense to me. But then I think:
“Happy is he who forgets, what can´t be changed anyway …. “
“Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist”
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