My party of three attended a performance on Christmas Day; this was my Christmas present to my two companions. I attended a performance a few years ago and very much enjoyed it and I was therefore disappointed to find this time round that there were so many people in the audience we could only see the singers intermittently and could not see the musicians at all, in any of the three rooms in which the opera took place. As the tickets cost considerably more than they did the first time I went, I was not best pleased. Getting to the venue really early to get a good seat would only solve the problem for the first Act, as of course everyone moves to different rooms for Acts 2 and 3. It might be that the audience was particularly small the first time I went to a performance; or perhaps the audience on Christmas Day 2012 was particularly large. I haven't seen any other reviewers mention this problem, so perhaps we were just unlucky. I was extremely disappointed.
Can I also add a plea to those of you who may be attending a performance in future; please do turn off your mobile phones. It is very distracting to see lit phone screens and people texting away during a performance and greatly reduces the atmosphere of these splendid rooms.
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