On Wednesday we went to watch an opera in Aspendos amphitheatre. It was a nice 3 acts show accompanied by a lovely orchestra. The name of opera was DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL and it was performed by Ankara State Opera and Ballet.
The actors sang in Turkish, German and English, and I even heard some French as well but what impressed me the most was that they never used ANY loudspeaker on the stage! The acoustics of the place is so amazing that even spectators sitting far away from the stage could hear every word of actors!
It’s really worth visiting event! The festival is over on the 2nd of July, so u still have chance to see famous SWAN LAKE and TOSCA. And those who are not big fans of opera and ballet still can enjoy the fantastic night view of the best preserved amphitheatre in the world or simply have a cup of Turkish tea with gozleme watching a beautiful sunset in the mountains.
Aspendos Opera Night
Here are some advice for those of you thinking about visiting the place:
1. Tickets. There are different priced tickets available. The price starts from 30 TL and depends on the sector of seats. We bought the cheapest tickets but there was no one to check them (tickets are checked only in the entrance) so we chose seats we wanted to sit in.
2. Cushions. There’s a guy selling cushions just in front of the entrance, 2 TL each, which is quite high price for a small piece of foam-rubber. We bought one for Ellis and he forgot it in the cafe! But when we entered the place, we discovered that cushions were already included in the price of tickets! So, don’t waste your money!
3. Transportation. It’s better to come by car (as we did, big Thanks to Ceyda who was our driver and even provided us a lift back home so we didn’t have to search for the taxi in the middle of the night) as the show finishes quite late, something about midnight and there was no public transportation.
You can find the offical website here.