Saturday, August 27, 2016
Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann in Carmen, The Royal Opera, 2006 © Catherine Ashmore Shocked by a ludicrous death? Amazed by an unexpected performance? Caught off-guard by a live broadcast while channel-flicking? Love it or hate it, there's something unforgettable about experiencing an opera for the first time. We encouraged our Twitter followers to indulge in a moment of nostalgia and tell us how they got hooked on opera — or how they learnt to love it — be it live on the Covent Garden stage, or further afield. We were not disappointed. @TheRoyalOpera my first experience was WOZZECK at 19. life-changing. decided in that moment that I'd become an opera scholar (& I did!) — Imani Mosley (@imanimosley) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera @LOVEtheatrecom Tosca, Naples,1970s - loved music but Tosca's death ludicrous as she bounced up again after fall to 'death'. — Jenny Worstall (@JennyWorstall) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera I saw Kungliga Operans production of Hanzel and Gretzel. Superb and amazing first experience for a child. — Nea (@LinneaBLO) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera 27 years ago I saw Pavarotti in a docklands arena & Carmen at Earls Court. Both big & spectacular. Now a veteran opera fan — Peter (@oysterman55) July 27, 2016 Luciano Pavarotti as Rodolfo and Kiri Te Kanawa as Mimì in La bohème, The Royal Opera, 1976 © ROH. Photograph by Donald Southern @TheRoyalOpera First live performance was Madame Butterfly, at the ROH in April 2015. It was utterly compelling and absorbing. — Nick Treby (@NickTreby) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera @RoyalOperaHouse At age 14 I accidentally tuned in to the Metropolitan Opera performance of LaBoheme. I became a fan. — John Dean (@JohnDea92919719) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera @RoyalOperaHouse @PopupOperaUK barber of Seville by pop-up opera in the rotherhithe tunnel a couple of months ago. Converted! — Dylan Fryer (@MrDylanFryer) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera Mine was a @WNOtweet bartered bride with a new young singer called Lesley Garrett. Often wonder what she went on to do... — Pinko Redux (@mancpinkoreturn) July 27, 2016 Martina Serafin as Tosca, Juha Uusitalo as Scarpia in Tosca © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011 @TheRoyalOpera I started late. 18. I saw Carmen streamed to a local cinema. Truly converted now. One of the most pure art forms. — Louis Simon (@louissimon96) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera Eugene Onegin in Prague on a school trip when I was 14. Left at the interval to drink beer and play pinball. — London Snail Eater (@Ldn_snail_eater) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera @RoyalOperaHouse Covent Garden, Parsifal. I was in a dream for days afterwards. — Emma Lewis (@Petchary) July 27, 2016 @TheRoyalOpera La Bohème in 1958 or '59 with my mother. She had prepared me well and I loved it. Still coming all these years later. — Roger (@BestBroadsYacht) July 27, 2016 What was your first experience of opera? Let us know via the comments below. ROH Live Cinema relays are a great way to experience opera for the first time. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list .
The GOP presidential nominee used to use Pavarotti’s famous recording of “Nessun dorma” from Turandot at rallies (until the tenor’s heirs told him to stop). It’s unclear how much Trump really knows about Turandot, but there certainly are scholars convinced that the work has Fascist overtones, and Puccini himself was an admirer of Mussolini (to whom Trump is sometimes compared).
“We learned today that the aria ‘Nessum dorma’ performed by Luciano Pavarotti is being used (on) the Donald Trump campaign soundtrack,” wrote Nicoletta Mantovani, his widow, in a letter cosigned by Pavarotti’s three daughters. “We remind you that the values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision of the candidate Donald Trump.”
“Pavarotti’s widow, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, and three daughters issued a statement this week calling on the campaign to stop using his music, saying that ‘the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the worldview offered by the candidate Donald Trump.'”
The Republican candidate has been using the great tenor’s Nessun Dorma recording in his warm-ups. His widow, Nicoletta, and other family members have told local media in Modena that they want him to stop, saying that Pavarotti’s human values were incompatible with Trump’s. Which is certifiably true. The best way to stop him is for Decca to take out an injunction against the possible next president of the USA. Won’t happen.
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