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Your dream operas based on poems

To celebrate The Royal Opera's new production of La donna del lago, we asked for your fantasy works.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

17 May 2013 at 11.06am | 7 Comments

What poem would you love to turn into an opera?

La donna del lago runs from 17 May – 11 June. Tickets at Covent Garden are no longer available though the performance on 27 May will be relayed live into cinemas around the world.

The production is sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Friends of Covent Garden with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, Hélène and Jean Peters, Judith Portrait and Susan and John Singer. The Production Director generously supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth.

This article has 7 comments

  1. Agnes responded on 17 May 2013 at 11:48am Reply

    "Spleen" or "L'invitation au voyage" or almost any of the Flowers of Evils poems, from Charles Baudelaire...

  2. Chris responded on 17 May 2013 at 12:29pm Reply

    Something light-hearted and whimsical for a change. I think John Bancks "A Description of London" (1738) could be an interesting starting point, almost another beggar's opera. Most modern operas are dark and lacking in melody - time for some neo-Mozart! :)

  3. Nick Bacon responded on 17 May 2013 at 4:00pm Reply

    The Canterbury Tales. Singing opera in Middle English might be something of a challenge.

  4. Mark Baker responded on 19 May 2013 at 12:46am Reply

    It has to be Beowulf. The Anglo Saxon 'Ring'.

  5. Claire Phillips responded on 19 May 2013 at 8:50pm Reply

    The Ballad of Sie Patrick Spens

  6. Florence responded on 21 May 2013 at 5:06pm Reply

    Wonderful soloists, chorus and orchestra. Not impressed by the production.

  7. David Elvin responded on 16 August 2013 at 8:39am Reply

    Maybe Keats' Isabella or the Pot of Basil - jealousy, doomed love, murder, decapitation (shades of renaissance Mtsensk). What's there not not like in opera? Or T S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral?

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