24 March 2015 at 5.47pm | 13 Comments
Despite the fact that musicals and opera share the same dramatic roots, many fans of the former have never taken the plunge with the latter. It may be that they feel opera isn't for them, or that they don't know where to begin with an art form with four hundred years of history.
Do a little research though, and fans of musicals are likely to find plenty to enjoy in opera. Inspired by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's cabaret-flavoured opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Christoph Marthaler's King Size — a reimagining of an evening of song featuring works by The Kinks, The Jackson 5 and Schumann among others — we asked our Twitter following which operas they'd recommend to a newcomer who's a fan of musicals:
@TheRoyalOpera Boheme or Tosca. I'm totally biased but they are choc full of tunes and both good stories!
— Fiona Ann Bennett (@FionaAnnBennett) March 23, 2015
@TheRoyalOpera Surely depends how you want to define 'opera' and 'musicals'? Porgy and Bess has the best of both IMHO.
— Lauren (@LittleRed_Panda) March 23, 2015
@TheRoyalOpera Might sound odd, but Peter Grimes. Lot of catchy tunes / in easy to follow shortish sections.
— Chris Barrett (@dothemusicblog) March 23, 2015
— Liz (@CushionLady) March 24, 2015
Which opera would you recommend to a newcomer who's a fan of musicals?