Alex and I made a few individual New Year’s resolutions for 2012, but our joint resolution is to be better about budgeting. And when I say ‘to be better’, what I really mean is to ‘create a budget and actually stick with it’. Needless to say it’s a process, but we have a whole year to get it right, right?
Naturally we have been stalking all of the free events here in Sydney maximize our budgeting and to try and remain somewhat entertained. That’s how we found our latest ‘free’ adventure: Opera in the Domain.
The Domain surrounds the Royal Botanical Gardens and is used for a myriad of open air concerts and events including Opera in the Domain. This year featured a performance of Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers).
The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra performed along with the Opera Australia Chorus and Dancers, and even though we were seated pretty far back we were still able to enjoy the sights and sounds.
As somebody who doesn’t know anything about Opera, I absolutely loved this event and even left feeling a little more ‘cultured’ than when I arrived. Alex, on the other hand, grew up with his parents playing operas around the house, so he felt right at home.
The best part of Opera in the Domain was that it attracted a wide range of people young and old, and everyone seemed to be having a lovely evening. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and are seriously considering cashing in all of that change for actual opera tickets.