29 November 15:46:09 #OperaFacts In eighteenth-century opera seria (serious opera), the main singers would stand in ballet’s third position, with bent, bowlegged knees and heels together, with one ankle in front of the other. They remained in that position the entire aria.* Times and traditions have changed and opera in the 21st century is far from a “park and bark” affair. Still, one can’t help but think that those artists from another era had to be standing there, itching at the opportunity to abandon convention and just let loose. #dancelikenooneswatching#singliketheresnotomorrow *Riding, Alan and Leslie Dunton-Downer. Opera. New York, NY: DK Publishing, 2006.