Tonight my parents treated Jo and I to our first opera; the Welsh Nation Opera’s production of La Bohème at Southampton’s Mayflower theatre.

It was a very impressive production, although the orchestra did drown the leads on occasion.

The lesson I learned tonight, taken from the programme:

There were girls who did and girls who didn’t and the rule of thumb was that those who succumbed rarely made it to the final curtain.

Apparently, Mimi is a girl who did.