I love Opera. I sing it every day while taking a shower. I make up the words and I do little dances. So when I heard that Verdi’s Aïda was coming to the Long Center, and that it was FREE, well, I couldn’t resist.
In my haste to get tickets I did not read the full description to realize that it was not a live opera, but a video recording. The performance was great, but the editing was cheesy and the special effects non-existent, except for the fade-to-red-curtain trick every 5 minutes. And of course, it’s not quite same as seeing it live. But it’s free, so I can’t complain (too much). More details here.