My friend Sarah, another American in Antwerp, is a member of the Flemish Opera. When she told me they would be performing Carmen (Georges Bizet) this month I had to go! By the time we looked into tickets, though, they were sold out in Antwerp – but luckily there were still tickets available in Ghent! The Flemish Opera performed first in Antwerp, and Koen and I were in Ghent for the opening night.
Carmen was the first opera I ever saw (via VHS in one of my music classes), so it was exciting for me to see it performed live for the first time! I knew from the promotional photos that it was going to be set in modern times and with a trailer trash theme. Luckily the theme worked a lot better than in 2001 when Carmen was turned into a hiphopera!
The promotional photo:
Inside the Opera House:
If you want to read more about the Flemish Opera, this is their website: http://vlaamseopera.be/en/