Before attending her first opera performance, Lisa Middleton and her plus one went out for dinner. But the soothing company of her dear friend who also happened to be an opera connoisseur wasn't quite enough to put her mind at ease. When was she supposed to clap during the performance? What if she couldn't understand the words?
So she asked him to "tell me everything about it," she recalls. Instead of the detailed account she was hoping for, Middleton, now director of marketing at Lyric Opera of Chicago, was simply told to "go and enjoy it."