Tourist Tip #273 / Israel Opera's Saturday Morning Summer Bash

Forget the tux, the gown and the four-hour evening epic: The Israel Opera is bringing a brisk, casual sampling of opera classics to you for breakfast.

Remember those Saturday morning cartoons with Bugs Bunny at the opera? Well, this Saturday morning you can see the real thing (without the rabbit) during the Israeli Opera's summer bash at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

Trade in the pre-show champagne for a cup of coffee (or, well, stick with champagne) and take in a collection of famous arias and duets from the great composers: Mozart, Verdi and Strauss, among others.

Rather than commit to a single style or a single tragic story, this event provides a rare opportunity to experience a spectrum of opera's offerings.  The specific pieces will be selected right before the show so the playlist is still a surprise.

And unlike the average full-length opera, which usually runs at least three hours and can go way beyond, this Saturday morning Opera-Lite will weigh in at a lean hour and 45 minutes, so you don't waste the entire day indoors.

The Israeli Opera is located at 19 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.; tickets are NIS 140/NIS 100; performance begins at 11:00 A.M.

For information about tickets, discounts, accessibility, seating charts and parking, visit the Israel Opera's website here.

Moti Milrod