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Rio de Janiero, Brazil
April 19, 2006
Seats are numbered from the center outwards, so you will find yourself sitting in seat nos. 9 and 11 next to each other, which is weird if you're not used to it. Brazilian audiences tend to be enthusiastic, and not averse to calling out requests, even at a classical concert!
Have your travel agent purchase tickets for you before arriving, and be patient with local "eccentricities."
From journal Living in Rio
new york, New York
November 29, 2000
The theater's schedule includes 10 months of performances from March to December, ending with the Nutcracker. Note: For a musical performance, the best seats in the house are in the upper sections; however, for ballet or opera you'll want to sit lower and closer to the stage so that your view won't be obstructed.
Writer's chuckle: Four writers are depcited in bas relief in the Foyer--Goethe, Shakespeare, Moliere, and the Brazilian writer Penna. The big four, apparently. Sorry Dante.
The performance I saw, and a recommended venue for those with limited time and resources, is an afternoon opera recital featuring selected pieces from the season's opera schedule. The audience is seated in front of the main stairway, which serves as a stage. The focal point of the stairway is a large painting representing a feminine figure of truth--a bold (and defensive?) statement for a lavish opera house putting on make-believe shows in a Catholic country.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise