What opera did you have to give a second chance to?

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What opera did you have to give a second chance to?

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.

Week 25:

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). 


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