At every performance, Luhrmann is among the crowd in the 1,600-seat theater, made more intimate by a pasarelle, or walkway around the orchestra pit that allows the singers to stand closer to the audience. Another unorthodox practice: Luhrmann’s decision to leave the scene changes exposed. Instead of the curtain drawing after each scene, the audience sees costumed stagehands elegantly move the café and storefronts across the stage, sprinkle snowflakes onto the singers, straighten their ties and powder their noses.
Opera demystified? Seems more like a legend in the making.