Inspired by the 30-Day Opera Challenge done by Austin Lyric Opera, the staff at Edmonton Opera have taken on their own 30-question challenge. Each week, we'll post answers from staff about various aspects of opera, whether it's their favourite aria, an opera house they'd like to visit or their opinion on a genre. We welcome your own opinions about the question, either on the blog or via social media.
Is there an opera you initially didn't like but now enjoy? What made you finally come around to it?
Clayton Rodney, technical director: Falstaff. I didn't find it funny the first few times I saw it. Now it cracks me up when staged well.
Jelena Bojic, director of community relations: Fidelio. I saw it on DVD first, and didn't like it too much, but then I saw Houston Grand Opera's production that changed my mind, and finally, when we did it last season (2011/12), I fell in lovewith it!
Catherine Szabo, communications coordinator: This is judging a book by its cover, but I was sure I wouldn't enjoy Eugene Onegin. Turns out there were a lot of things I really, really enjoyed about it (especially the second act).