What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with some opera? I know, I know, you can probably think of many different ways to spend quality-time with your significant other on February 14th. You can make reservations at that fancy restaurant he's been hinting at for the past month, or you could cook her a fabulous dinner set on a Pinterest-worthy decorated table. Sounds familiar to what you did last year?
So how about something you've never tried, something you've always postponed to later, or maybe something you never thought as a viable option? Or maybe it's the perfect opportunity because you've always wanted to do it! Every year, I get calls and messages asking me what operas I would suggest to bring a date to, whether they are trying to initiate their SO to join them once again or they've begun dating someone and want to impress.
Your mother approves, you need something to Step it up
Rigoletto didn't approve of his daughter Gilda's choice of suitor. And with reason. But I cannot think of a better way to really stand out from the exes than by offering to take your special someone to an opera. If you've never been to an opera, it's probably very ballsy to get a pair of tickets and invite a date for Valentine's. Gifting a pair of tickets in a dark sealed red envelope will either be fancy, daring or thoughtful. Any way it goes, it is sure to make an impression!
You may think that opera is not an option for your SO but as my mother always said: ''You can't say you don't like something if you've never tried it!'' At the time, she was talking about Brussel sprouts, but this saying most definitely applies to opera.
a choice between Verdi and Mozart
This month, the Canadian Opera Company presents The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart and Verdi's Rigoletto. And if you're like me and my boyfriend, you'll attend both! But maybe that would be coming on a little too strong, especially if you and/or your SO are new to opera.
Don't break the bank
Many think that opera is in no way tailored for young people. Think again! If you're under 30 years old, you can get tickets for just 22$ in designated areas. Trust me, I saw Salome back in 2013 from the fifth ring and I did not miss one bit of the drama and emotion that was spiralling on stage. The Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts is well-designed and the experience you get from any seat in the hall is beautiful.
Feeling for an upgrade? Pay 35$ per ticket, and the COC will upgrade your seat on the day of the performance (depending on availability of course).
You're date is over 30? No biggie. you can get a discounted ticket for them too. Trust me on this, buy the tickets now, and take advantage of this program asap.