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Watch: a great Italian drinking song performed by Bryan Hymel

The American tenor recently performed the aria 'Viva il vino spumeggiante' from Cavalleria rusticana via Facebook Live.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 November 2017 at 3.22pm | 3 Comments

The world of opera loves a drinking song. And while we at The Royal Opera of course strongly advise approaching everything in moderation, hymns to excess abound throughout the repertory.

Mascagni's 1890 opera Cavalleria rusticana contains one of the art form's most ebullient examples – a paean to prosecco, 'Viva il vino spumeggiante' (Here's to the bubbly wine).

With the opera soon returning to the Covent Garden stage, we asked tenor Bryan Hymel to give us a taster via Facebook Live. The performance is now available to watch on demand:

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci run 2 December-13 January 2018. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with La Monnaie, Brussels, Opera Australia and The Göteborg Opera; and is supported by Clos19 with generous philanthropic support from Mikhail Bakhtiarov, The Connoisseurs' Series and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 November 2017 at 3.22pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Bryan Hymel, by Damiano Michieletto, Cavalleria rusticana, Cavalleria rusticana pagliacci, Mixed Programme, Production

This article has 3 comments

  1. John R responded on 28 November 2017 at 5:44pm Reply

    Looking forward to seeing Bryan sing Turiddu next week, this was a great performance of Turiddu's aria!

  2. Alice responded on 2 December 2017 at 3:12pm Reply

    Well, nice tenor aria. But why does Facebook have to be the interface?
    Not sure what you’re trying to accomplish here.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 3 December 2017 at 12:49pm

      Hi Alice,

      We've decided to use Facebook here to bring the performance to as many new people as possible, while still entertaining our existing audiences. The video has been watched 58,000 times so far, which we're very pleased with.

      You don't need an account to watch the video so hopefully you can still enjoy the performance.

      Many thanks,

      Mel

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