From the outside, the state opera
house is everything one would expect - huge, stately, overwhelming
But on the inside, the feeling is
ever-so-much-more-so (remember that elementary school story?)
The grand stairway is the first "thing"
you run into when entering, and it is very easy to imagine the Phantom
still stalking behind the myriad corners and alcoves around the balcony
From the massive chandeliers to the heavy
drapes in the 'mingling rooms,' the ornamentation throughout is done to
an extreme that we had not experienced before. If the intent was to overwhelm
the visitor's senses, bravo on a job well done.
The main seating area was accessible
only through a balcony seat as a crew set the stage (yes, those are hanging
buckets). From the plush fittings and the richly decorated center chandelier,
we knew that this was a place to come to enjoy just more than the music.
As we wandered the halls, we had no
problem imagining between-act trysts and enormous masquerade balls among
the dazzling hallways
We were lucky enough to visit when there
was an exhibit of some of the costumes worn on the stage. Even for costume
jewelrey, some of these headpieces were pretty ornate (and must've weighed