First and foremost, relax! It’s time to let go of the stresses and strains of the day and reward yourself. Some people like to take the minutes before a performance to share an intimate conversation with their seatmate. Others prefer to look over the program book, read the synopsis or articles designed to enhance the opera-going experience, or find out how many intermissions they can expect. Please don’t forget to turn off your cellphone, and if you plan to have a lozenge or hard candy handy to soothe a ticklish throat, now’s the time to fish it out of your pocket or purse and unwrap it.