Do you know the easiest way to get a partner,at least for tonight? According to the statistics, the most potential places to get a date are: 1. in a painting gallery/museum. 2. in a concert hall, mostly at opera or ballet performances. In any case, avoid noisy places. Both places I mentioned are ideal: quiet and intimate, and people look pretty since they dress up.
I would be the happiest person on earth if one comes to me with his/her partner and say: "we met, and fell in love, at your opera (or concert) performance". And I tell you a secret: one of the purposes of the performance in Jakarta of our recent Java New Year Concert was exactly that. Remember that there were two operas back to back? Now I still haven't got the end results on who got a partner in that event, but here's the point.
You see, the best way is to talk to another person who came alone during the intermission, and if you are a shy person, well, there's always the easy conversation material: what do you think of the first half? Did you get the story and its twists? Did you like it? What do you think of the singers? Which aria do you like best (or hate the most)? And then, the usual "hi, my name's .." (things would be more perfect if it were Bond, James Bond)
"Normal" operas are usually in 2 or 3 acts, with one break in the middle. But that would be too "heavy" for the New Year Concert where in some cases a whole family came to watch (as well as singles!). So I gathered that putting 2 operas in one show would be a good idea. People watch 1 opera, have a break, and then see the next opera. In this case it's even perfect: during the intermission one can already talk about a whole opera. Of course both operas should be completely different, though they have a lot in common: both are written, composed and directed by the same people (Putu Wijaya, me and Chendra Panatan respectively), both are of the "funny" genre, and both have "same sex" singers (and therefore there is also a common theme: one of the characters in each opera is desperate to get laid, and asks his/her fellow protagonist for advice! In "The Real Man" it is her mom, and in "Instantly Rich" it's the witchdoctor; nothing can be so further opposed,eh). And we did give ample time during the break to get people socialize.
Yes, I am a naughty, naughty boy. But I do like watching people know each other and then fall in love. Don't you?
Well there is a reason behind my naughtiness. As written in Plato's "Symposium", both love and artistic inspiration have something in common: they are both "divine madness". Both are not logic since they can strike you wherever and whenever therefore they can be categorized as "madness", but a divine one. And then Sigmund Freud went further to say that any human creativity and artistic ideas are in fact just a transformation of our (sometimes distorted) sex drive.
And now just read all the libretto of any existing opera on this planet, and check the underlying theme. Now you understand, right? The real motif, or even leitmotif is not the notes. It's the three-letter word.