But for opera I would never have written Leaves of Grass.
When one goes to an opera or a play, one should remember to dress in their finest; the eyes of society are on you. Like Oscar Wilde, be a mystery in plain sight. Wear a flower in your buttonhole.
But most importantly, eat dessert afterward. Watching a performance creates an appetite. Partake in something sweet while discussing the fine art you have witnessed.
I've started reading The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf by Kathryn Davis, about a woman haunted by an opera writer. It seemed only appropriate that I kick off the book by seeing an opera. The Marriage of Figaro to be exact. I made a chocolate pudding pie for the occasion, quick to make before you dart to the performance, delicious to eat after. I used the pudding recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance, but if you're especially short on time vegan pudding can be made by using soy (or other) milk with the packaged pudding powder.