November 15, 2016
In the late afternoon, the weather was still decent so we went to the Ópera de Arame, (Wire Opera House) which we hadn’t had time to see before. We got to the opera house just before 5 – it was supposed to close at 5, but there were lots of people there still, out for a stroll in the nice weather.
This venue, surrounded by native flora, is set up in a semi-circle, sloping down to the stage. The roof is made of glass and metal. Sometimes, Eliane told me, they open the curtains that cover the sides, so that one feels completely surrounded by nature. The acoustics are good, she said, and the box seats are some of the best in the house.
A larger venue is located next door, at the pedreira (quarry) but we couldn’t go in to see it. A guard told us they were setting up for a big event in a couple of days. Two days later, it was in the newspaper – Guns n’ Roses were going to perform to large crowds! We had noticed tents set up outside and had wondered what they were doing there; it turns out they were set up by people who camped out to be the first in line to buy tickets to the concert.