Please see the link below. A chapter from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, consisting of a description of a night at the Opera in 1812 Russia.
How do you opera fans feel about it? What is your impression? When I first read it, I thought it very intriguing. This was a man who really lived in the time of opera, who knew how others around were understanding it and feeling it. It's almost as if Tolstoy was... well, you read it yourself.
And by the way, can anyone guess what opera is being performed by the scarce details of plot, setting, etc.?