Was invited by a friend about 11 years ago. Became hooked and have subscribed ever since. The beauty of the music and staging in the glorious building helps me get through the Chicago winters. My sub is in the upper balcony so it is reasonably priced. You need opera glasses for a good view but the sound is as good as anywhere in the house. The supertitles make it easy to follow the story even if you know nothing of the opera. Try it. You really don't have to dress up or act pretentious. People wear anything from jeans to gowns and all have as good a time. I have seen teens at their first opera become completely entranced and hiss the villains. If you enjoy great music and having your emotions torn apart, this is for you.