Opera & Ballet Etiquette for Beginners.

"Booing at the Opera" Nytimes.comThe recently published an article to some questions I get asked a lot, “What am I supposed to do at an Opera?” or “What should I wear to the ballet?” “Is it terrible that the people next to me were booing the tenor?”.

These are legitimate questions to ask and The Telegraph has answers. My favorite is No.4, “Listen out for boos. Unlike in straight theatre, opera and more rarely ballet audiences are unafraid of expressing their views. Often this is aimed at a particular performer, the conductor or – if it’s an especially radical production – the director. This is particularly pronounced in Italy, where boos regularly greet the end of a production. Less so here, but not unknown.” (via

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