One of the stars of English Touring Opera's Rossini: Fireworks! is Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby. Here she talks to Re:hearsal Magazine about Rossini, self-love and music preparation.

Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi, although collectively within Il trittico, is now the most performed of the trio. It was first performed within the trio of one-act operas in 1918, at the Metropolitan Opera. Puccini intended for these pieces to be kept in their trilogy form, however after 1921, standalone performances of Gianni Schicchi began to be programmed.

Although Gioachino Rossini is one of the most performed opera composers, it’s only in recent years his more virtuosic and dramatic operas (otherwise known as opera seria) have moved to a higher rotation on our stages. Rossini composed the following operas whilst residing in Naples between the years 1815 and 1822.

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...

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