3 June 2015 at 11.25am | 54 Comments
‘People’s reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don’t, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.’ So said Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman. Whether or not you think the remark perceptive or pompous – seeing your first opera is a potential make-or-break exercise.
In the 2017/18 Season The Royal Opera House stages three operas we think are great for newcomers – La bohème, Tosca and Don Giovanni. Inspired by this classic trio, we asked our Twitter following which is the opera that they’d recommend over all others for first-timers:
— Andrea Liu (@awyliu) June 2, 2015
. @TheRoyalOpera Barber of Seville! Great tunes, funny characters, fast moving plot. Almost a slapstick comedy.
— Ed Justen (@edjusten) June 2, 2015
— Zerlina (@DonnaAnna) June 2, 2015
@TheRoyalOpera if they like fantasy: Das Rhinegold, dark social commentary: Peter Grimes, crowns & treachery: Macbeth, Romance: Mar of Fig.
— Margaret Brown (@MagsTheObscure) June 2, 2015
@TheRoyalOpera Le nozze di Figaro, it's got the tunes, the plot, and the jokes.
— London Snail Eater (@Ldn_snail_eater) June 2, 2015
— John Hunter (@Ardmair) June 2, 2015
— Kelli Nakagama (@kelli_nak) June 2, 2015
@TheRoyalOpera traviata - rapturous music clear plot line and you gotta get used to those bad endings. I started with Parsifal. Bad move
— tim matthews (@timoptimist) June 3, 2015
— Theo T. Smith (@TheoTSmith) June 2, 2015
Which opera would you recommend to a newcomer?