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Your chance to sing with The Royal Opera

Send us a clip of you singing 'Va Pensiero' from Nabucco and you could be part of our Royal Opera LIVE streaming day.

By Sonali Hindmarch (Former Content Producer (Learning))

18 December 2012 at 6.17pm | 18 Comments

Have you ever wanted to sing with The Royal Opera? This is your chance!

On Monday 7 January, we’re broadcasting Royal Opera LIVE and we want you to be part of it.  We’d like you to submit a video of yourself singing ‘Va Pensiero‘ – the famous slave chorus from Verdi’s Nabucco.

We want as many voices as possible – whoever you are, whatever you sound like, we want to hear you sing and we’ll feature the best during Royal Opera LIVE.

Not only that, but British composer Elspeth Brooke has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House to write a piece of music inspired by ‘Va Pensiero’, one of Verdi’s most famous choruses. She will incorporate the best moments into her new work, which will premiere later in 2013.

To enter, watch the video of Rolando Villazón singing ‘Va Pensiero‘, get someone to film you somewhere interesting and sing along. If you don’t remember the words, feel free to hum along instead. Then, upload your clip as a video response to our clip on YouTube.

Royal Opera LIVE will be streamed around the world on Monday 7 January via the Royal Opera House website, The Space and the Guardian website.
Royal Opera LIVE is a co-commission between the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England and The Guardian.

By Sonali Hindmarch (Former Content Producer (Learning))

18 December 2012 at 6.17pm

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged aria, Backstage, behind the scenes, composer, Elspeth Brooks, Giuseppe Verdi, Nabucco, online, ROH, rolando villazon, Royal Opera, Royal Opera Live, singing, Va Pensiero, verdi

This article has 18 comments

  1. What is the deadline?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 19 December 2012 at 12:09pm

      If you submit it before 7 January, it'll be eligible to be featured.

      Look forward to seeing your submission!

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  2. with Piano or Orchestra?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 19 December 2012 at 3:01pm

      Hi,

      You don't need to film yourself with anything aside from your own voice. We look forward to hearing your submission!

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

    • Yes I am so late but I can still film and send in tomorrow correct?

  3. Jazmin Snowden responded on 19 December 2012 at 10:41pm Reply

    Can any age take part?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 20 December 2012 at 10:18am

      Hi Jazmin,

      Yes, singers of any age are able to take part!

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  4. Bushey Opera Group sang this as part of their Viva Verdi concert in Bushey Festival in July 2011.
    Do you want only solo recordings, or would you welcome a group of singers?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 20 December 2012 at 2:37pm

      Hi Christine,

      That sounds brilliant - we'd love you to submit this.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  5. Are we supposed to record all of 'Va Pensiero', or just the section that Rolando Villazon sings in the video? Thank you!

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 31 December 2012 at 12:14pm

      Hi there,

      You only need to record the first verse - the extract that Rolando sings in the video.

      Look forward to hearing it!

      All the best,

      Lottie

  6. How do we submit our videos???

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 4 January 2013 at 6:03pm

      Hi Adam,

      If you add your rendition to YouTube as a video response to Rolando's demonstration, it'll be added to the group.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  7. Natalia responded on 4 January 2013 at 5:47pm Reply

    Where do I send the video, is still time?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 4 January 2013 at 6:03pm

      Hi Natalia,

      If you add it on YouTube as a video response to Rolando's demonstration, it'll be added to the group.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  8. Pilar responded on 6 January 2013 at 6:50pm Reply

    From La Coruña.

  9. Douglas Lee responded on 10 January 2013 at 1:09am Reply

    Hi - are you still accepting entries?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 10 January 2013 at 11:48am

      Hi Douglas,

      Yes we are - a selection will be used to create a new piece of work (See the video).

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

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