Last evening, my beau and I attended Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the theater. It was a grand night – both Handsome and I dressed up, had a light supper, and walked a few blocks in the cool air to the venue. When we arrived at the theater, it was a sold out crowd – and what a crowd it was!
There were patrons dressed in suits and ties and long gowns and sequined handbags. There were those who wore sport jackets and street-length dresses. Then there were those patrons that really stood out in a way that just made us smile and admire their uniqueness.
They were the ones who dressed in flapper-style dresses with fringe and beads, 1920s headbands, period sequined handbags and makeup, too. They wore 1920s style: suits, ties, slicked hair, and fedoras. It was pleasing to see them dress in an unconventional, yet classy, manner. And what made this even more fun to see was that they were all people somewhere in their 20s and 30s.
We enjoyed the opera, too. It was sung in French, with projected supertitles. The story is timeless, the orchestra was live, the singing was superb, and the costumes were magnificent. During the intermissions (yes, there were three!), we talked with some of the people sitting near us, sharing our thoughts on the opera and the lack of good food in this town.
All this made for a grand time, and I have a new appreciation of how patrons express themselves as they dress for a night at the opera.
©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.