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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Royal Opera House

July 28

What are your first memories of opera?

Royal Opera HouseAnna 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 .

ArtsJournal: music

August 3

Is Donald Trump’s Favorite Opera Aria Maybe A Little Bit … Fascist?

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).






Luciano Pavarotti
(1935 – 2007)

Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 - 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor, who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, and established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. He was one of "The Three Tenors" and became well-known for his televised concerts and media appearances. Pavarotti was also noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others.



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