We came here for our first ever visit to the Opera, Carmen. The building is gorgeous, having been subject to five years' refurbishment, only reopening just over a year ago. The place sparkles, it is gorgeous.
There are clever devices in the arms of the seats, pull out tablets, on which one can see subtitles in a range of languages. I found this really helpful. I had read up on the storyline in advance, and was familiar with some of the music, but having the words was really helpful to my attempts at following the plot.
Sadly for us, most of the action was towards the left side of the stage, below our seats, so our limited view was very limited, not helped by those to our left leaning far forward onto the rail in front. There are screens, but from where we were sitting they were too low and too small.
The building itself was very warm - I had been concerned it might be cold, and it was in fact almost too warm!
As ever, there was a lengthy queue for the ladies in the interval, such that I didn't have time to drink my wine before we had to return to our seats.
Regardless of anything else, a visit to the Opera House is certainly to be recommended, it is truly gorgeous.