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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 23 June 2022, 20:51

Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.


Yes, most certainly! Do it for me, if not for yourself lol
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 23 June 2022, 20:51

Severelius wrote:
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Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 June 2022, 20:54

Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.

This is part of why I'm hesitant about going to the opera. Actually two reasons. The first is that unless I really know the show I will have no idea what's going on in the plot. And the second is that I am always very uncomfortable with the idea of dressing up nice for various self-image reasons.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 23 June 2022, 20:57

Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.

This is part of why I'm hesitant about going to the opera. Actually two reasons. The first is that unless I really know the show I will have no idea what's going on in the plot. And the second is that I am always very uncomfortable with the idea of dressing up nice for various self-image reasons.

I can sympathise with the dread of self-image, but do you not find formal wear a bit of a respite? I’ve always found something oddly comforting and armour-like about a suit.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 June 2022, 21:02

Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.

This is part of why I'm hesitant about going to the opera. Actually two reasons. The first is that unless I really know the show I will have no idea what's going on in the plot. And the second is that I am always very uncomfortable with the idea of dressing up nice for various self-image reasons.

I can sympathise with the dread of self-image, but do you not find formal wear a bit of a respite? I’ve always found something oddly comforting and armour-like about a suit.

Legitimately, the last time I wore anything approaching what could be called a suit was back when I still had to wear school uniform. Which is... 14 years ago now. So I've never tested the theory that a nice suit would help my confidence. I doubt I could wear one anyway and still look presentable given the "very fat, especially around the neck so collars choke the shit out of me and not in the fun kinky way" thing.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 23 June 2022, 21:05

Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.

This is part of why I'm hesitant about going to the opera. Actually two reasons. The first is that unless I really know the show I will have no idea what's going on in the plot. And the second is that I am always very uncomfortable with the idea of dressing up nice for various self-image reasons.

I can sympathise with the dread of self-image, but do you not find formal wear a bit of a respite? I’ve always found something oddly comforting and armour-like about a suit.

Legitimately, the last time I wore anything approaching what could be called a suit was back when I still had to wear school uniform. Which is... 14 years ago now. So I've never tested the theory that a nice suit would help my confidence. I doubt I could wear one anyway and still look presentable given the "very fat, especially around the neck so collars choke the shit out of me and not in the fun kinky way" thing.

What better way to test a theory than to rent a tux, travel to East Sussex and spend an evening watching people sing in a language you don’t speak and trying to figure out the complex plot from body language?
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 June 2022, 21:19

Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently debating myself back and forth on the idea of booking tickets to go and see an opera live in London at some point in the future.

I mean, if you’re doing opera, surely you’ve got to go to Glyndebourne? Surely?

I mean, that's significantly further away from me. And in February next year the London Coliseum is staging Carmen which, at present, is the only opera I've really seen in any real way that isn't just listening to the soundtrack devoid of plot context on Spotify.

But before that, you can go to Glyndebourne and watch Don Pasquale or La Bohème and break out your tuxedo.

This is part of why I'm hesitant about going to the opera. Actually two reasons. The first is that unless I really know the show I will have no idea what's going on in the plot. And the second is that I am always very uncomfortable with the idea of dressing up nice for various self-image reasons.

I can sympathise with the dread of self-image, but do you not find formal wear a bit of a respite? I’ve always found something oddly comforting and armour-like about a suit.

Legitimately, the last time I wore anything approaching what could be called a suit was back when I still had to wear school uniform. Which is... 14 years ago now. So I've never tested the theory that a nice suit would help my confidence. I doubt I could wear one anyway and still look presentable given the "very fat, especially around the neck so collars choke the shit out of me and not in the fun kinky way" thing.

What better way to test a theory than to rent a tux, travel to East Sussex and spend an evening watching people sing in a language you don’t speak and trying to figure out the complex plot from body language?

Are you a paid advertising representative for Glyndebourne?
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 23 June 2022, 21:26

I’m definitely a supporter, I think it’s a great institution, and I also happen to think tuxedos are hot.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 June 2022, 21:49

I have no doubt of the former, it's just far away from me. I have many doubts about the latter, especially in relation to my hideous body.
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