Yes! Opera is for everyone!
Most operas are about the lives and loves of the characters as they explore the entire range of the human condition. The winning combination of voice and orchestra can take you to a whole new world of emotional intensity, touching your heart and soul in a way that words alone cannot.
If you’d like to dip your toe in the water, and are anxious about your first visit to an opera house (remember it is just like any other theatre!) or live far from one, you can see some of the best opera productions in the world from the comfort your local cinema. Try our OPERA NEAR YOU search facility on the right of this page to find what is happening in your local area. Currently this service only is only available for the UK but we’re working hard to extend this to the rest of the world soon, so sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date.
There are many myths about opera which you may have come across (none of them true!), here are some:
- It’s too expensive
No it isn’t – going to the opera can be cheaper than a pizza! For example there are tickets to The Royal Opera Covent Garden at under £10.
- I won’t understand it
Yes you will – most opera companies use surtitles (also called supertitles) to project a line-by-line translation above the stage.
- I don’t want to have to dress up
That’s fine – you don’t have to. It is just like going to any other kind of performance – cinema, theatre, musical or concert.
- It is elitist
Definitley not. All opera companies, and especially all singers, want to share their performances and their passion for this great experience with everyone.
- They’re all too long
Some operas are actually quite short, others are longer, just like films or plays. In fact, most are about the same length as a play – you get a good evening’s entertainment for your money!
- They’re all too serious
Again no – there are laughs in opera too – try Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro to give it its original title) for starters which has a sublime mixture of comedy and seriousness: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll go home floating on air!
To show that even serious opera can be approached in a light-hearted way, watch Disney’s take on Wagner’s Ring cycle: