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Palma's opera season continues

Three more classics on stage at the Principal Theatre this year

Never been to the opera? Well, how about taking in some great productions, listening to some lovely music and marvelling at just how wonderful the human voice can be, and all at a very reasonable

Palma's Teatro Principal has started its Opera season but still has three major productions coming up in the near future. It's quite an intimate theatre with just one section of stalls at ground
level and then a semi-circle of boxes which from memory are about six 'storeys' high.

There are only six seats per box, so they're quite cosy and mine had excellent views of the stage last month when I went to see The Barber of Seville. It was a really well thought out production
with simple, yet workable sets, and a cast drawn from Mallorca's own store of musicians and singers with some quite well known international performers in the starring roles.

I really enjoyed it and the three hours seemed to fly by, broken only by a beer and ham roll break at half time (you don't get that at Covent Garden) and I'll definitely go again.

Coming up you can catch Verdi's Aida on 15th, 18th, 20th and 22nd March, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin on 10th, 13th,
15th and 17th May. Verdi returns for Othello on 17th, 19th and 21st June and you can find all the details of times and booking online on the
Teatro's website.

My tip would be to swot up on the storylines before you go, because the subtitles for the Opera are in Spanish and Catalan and it gets a bit difficult listening to Italian and reading in Spanish,
especially if the plot, like the Barber's, is a bit convoluted.

The video of the Barber was actually shot on the night I was there from the next box to us, so you can see what a fantastic production it was and just how good the views are. Oh, and it really did
finish when the fat lady sang!