Opera for first-timers: Your suggestions
We asked you for your suggestions for what newcomers should see as part of Royal Opera LIVE.
Storified by Royal Opera House· Tue, Jan 08 2013 04:00:08
@RoyalOperaHouse La Boheme: epic music, memorable tunes, people like we all know, joy, humour, real, timeless, intimacy & larger-than-life.Alexandra Honigsberg
@RoyalOperaHouse Carmen big tunes, exciting dramatic, fun and no recitative to get lost in!Ione Chadwick
@RoyalOperaHouse either Boheme or Butterfly: newcomer learns to release emotionsSharon McCarthy
Tosca © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2010Royal Opera House Covent Garden
@RoyalOperaHouse Don Giovanni... funny, sharp and powerful. Caught Grandage's version @MetOpera recently. Superb.richmajor
@RoyalOperaHouse We showed a friend who writes musicals & has always avoided opera Rigoletto: he was bowled over.Jacky Tarleton
@RoyalOperaHouse Tosca. It's all there: love, death & a fabulous baddie with one of the best arias in opera!Penny Murphy
Anna Devin as Papagena and Christopher Maltman as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte © Mike Hoban/ROH 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden
@RoyalOperaHouse La Traviata... up beat at the beginning to get u hooked then it hits u with sadness... & everyone likes a love story !jo randle
@RoyalOperaHouse Aida, it's such a visual spectacle as well.Jess Fitzgerald
@RoyalOperaHouse Magic Flute. It's a lot of fun and the music is beautiful.William Stafford
Gerald Finley and Marco Spotti in Don Giovanni © Mike Hoban/ROH 2012Royal Opera House Covent Garden
@RoyalOperaHouse Cosi fan tutte! Classic Mozart, funny, fast paced, engaging and beautiful. It was my first and I fell in love instantly.Ana Jenkins
@RoyalOperaHouse Definitely Figaro! But anything with Christopher Maltman or Jonas Kaufmann would be enough to get anyone hooked! #ROLiveLaurie O'Brien
@RoyalOperaHouse L'elisir d'amore as it'll make them laugh *and* cry. Otherwise let them try an operatic version of a story they know & loveShyam Bhatt
What opera would you recommend to a first timer?
Upcoming productions recommended for newcomers include La bohème in cinemas around the world on 15 January and The Minotaur, top price tickets to which are just £65.