We both nodded off in the first act. Oh dear... what’s to come?
Then Act 2... in the Kingdom of the Shades... sideswiped our emotions. With the hero hallucinating on opium, mourning his dead paramour, she multiplied before his eyes!
24 corps de ballet in sparkling white came down a ramp, one by one. Enter, perform arabesque, move down making way for the next. Every new dancer meant another arabesque for all. So many simultaneous arabesques, I lost count. Then they zigzagged. The spectacle and the divine Minkus score moved me to tears. Blub, blub, blub!
Then came Act 3...