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Opera in Europe for young opera lovers

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Several opera houses in Europe have come together to create a somewhat bizarre special offer for young opera lovers: A 5-opera European passport valid for a select number of opera houses and performances across Europe for just EUR 90 for the 2007-2008 season. Only individuals 30 years old or younger are eligible to buy the pass.

The offer is slightly bizarre because it combines the concept of affordable opera (it comes up to just EUR 18 per opera) but at the same time requires you to travel around Europe and incur in high transportation and hotel costs (going from Brussels to Warsaw, to Geneva, Barcelona, Copenhagen and then Glasgow and more…) to use the 5-opera pass, since you are only allowed to go to the same opera house at most twice.

The concept is not bad, but it should maybe be complemented by a lodging-exchange program among pass holders (maybe it exists but is not mentioned on the official website).  The other thing they do not mention is the kind of tickets you get – if you get orchestra seats, it would be a great deal, even if you only went to 2-3 operas, but if you get the cheapest  ones, you might get obstructed view tickets with almost no view of the stage at all in some opera houses, such as the Liceu in Barcelona.

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Author: bxlblog

It started out with just one person years ago, but now we have a team of bloggers giving input and/or writing about food, travel, and generally life in Brussels, and even life in Brussels with a baby in the team's newest blog.

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