28 July 2016 at 4.57pm | 43 Comments
Shocked by a ludicrous death? Amazed by an unexpected performance? Caught off-guard by a live broadcast while channel-flicking? Love it or hate it, there's something unforgettable about experiencing an opera for the first time.
We encouraged our Twitter followers to indulge in a moment of nostalgia and tell us how they got hooked on opera — or how they learnt to love it — be it live on the Covent Garden stage, or further afield. We were not disappointed.
@TheRoyalOpera my first experience was WOZZECK at 19. life-changing. decided in that moment that I'd become an opera scholar (& I did!)
— Imani Mosley (@imanimosley) July 27, 2016
— Jenny Worstall (@JennyWorstall) July 27, 2016
@TheRoyalOpera La Bohème in 1958 or '59 with my mother. She had prepared me well and I loved it. Still coming all these years later.
— Roger (@BestBroadsYacht) July 27, 2016
What was your first experience of opera?
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