Wondering whether there is an opera suitable for the little ones in your life? Here's a list of the perfect operas to start with...

What is it that puts people off of opera? Is it the price, the accessibility…? Let’s set this record straight, and debunk the 10 most common myths about opera…

1. ‘Opera is Expensive’
I have done my research on this, and a ticket to the opera is usually no more than a ticket to go and see a musical theatre production, or even a classical music concert. Ticket prices can range vastly, and there are some fantastic promotional prices for students, concessions, and season ticket holders. Below are some examples:

English Touring Opera: offer tickets from as little as £10 on our national tour.

English National Opera: ‘Access All Arias’ Young People’s Scheme offer tickets from £10
Opera Holland Park: Free tickets for young peopleOpera North: Under 30s Membership Scheme offer...

Why are wigs still important in opera? What do different styles of wigs signify?

Opera productions often utilise era-specific traditions when it comes to character aesthetics, so to create meaningful interpretations of these well-loved stories. This means that costumes, jewellery and wigs are often hand-made for each character, which may be surprising to some who may not realise that many opera productions still use wigs. As well as the obvious physical aesthetics that wigs offer, which I will go into in more detail later on, the practicalities associated with wigs are also a plus for the costume department. If a character has more than one hairstyle change, then it is much easier and quicker to change wigs, rather than restyling their real hair. Wigs also ensure the same look for each...

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word marriage? Love? Companionship? A rather stressful ‘big day’? Well, you’re in luck, because Mozart’s popular comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro offers all of that, plus even more twists and turns.

Why is it that few teenagers are interested in opera? As a
16 year old who has been lucky enough to grow up in an opera-loving household,
I often regret that so many of my friends reject this all-embracing art form
without ever having been to see an opera, purely forming views from the age-old
stereotypes.

So I thought that I would address three common stereotypes
surrounding opera, to perhaps convince my peers to give it a go!

1. Opera is boring

I really don’t agree with this! Opera covers such a range of
different styles, and works range from being over 400 years old (still great
music and stories- think L’Orfeo
written in 1607!) to this very moment. There is truly something for everybody-
from frivolous operettas or tragic love stories, to even myths, haunting ghost
stories or...

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