5 Reasons that will make you wonder why you’ve never tried opera before…

Published: 13 Dec 2018

5 Reasons that will make you wonder why you’ve never tried opera before…

Trying something new can be daunting. That nervous excitement can sometimes get the better of all of us and we end up missing out on amazing opportunities.
People panic they’ll make mistakes, say the wrong thing or wear the wrong clothes – stress not, my friend. We’ve had a think and will try alleviating all your worries in one simple blog to make you just as exited to attend the opera as we are!

1.It’s the same raw emotions underpinned by exceptional music you see in dance

Human emotions are laid bare – a similar foundation that we also have in dance. These performers will make you feel every spine-tingling emotion through their voice and actions. That coupled with a full-blown symphony orchestra and you get to experience every day emotions amplified to epic proportions – what’s not to love?!

2.They use choreographers too…

It’s true – in Gianni Schicchi choreographer Tim Claydon will even be on stage! He’s performing two roles; Dante and ghost of the aristocrat Buoso Donati – he’ll be using his background as an aerialist, movement director and dancer to move around the set.

3.It’s super easy to follow

It may be sung in Italian, but we don’t expect you to be fluent or even know a single word! Opera North have surtitles either side of the stage that captures what’s going on so you can keep up with the story without missing a second of the action.

4.You don’t need to be an opera buff

Opera is definitely not just for those who know loads about it. More than anything, it’s an emotional experience. Check out Opera North’s social channels to discover more about Gianni Schicchi and listen to clips on soundcloud to get a flavour of what to expect.

5.They have just as much stamina as our dancers… just in a slightly different way – and they happen to sing everything 

We all know dancers have incredible stamina and athleticism, but did you know opera singers face similar challenges? Not only do they pour their hearts out on stage, they also fill the concert hall with the power of the human voice without a microphone in sight – and that’s while they’re competing with over 60 musicians in the pit – that’s some lung capacity and spectacular to hear live!

Don’t believe us?

Our Artistic Director Sharon Watson was captured on camera raving about The Merry Widow which was part of  Opera North’s 2018 autumn season. We all know she has great taste, so why not give it a go yourself?

OK, I’m convinced how do I get tickets…

Gianni Schicchi (pronounced Jan-ni Ski-Key) is presented in a double bill with The Rite of Spring, at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Sat 16 February, 7.30pm
Sat 23 February, 7.30pm
Thu 28 February, 7.30pm (Anyone under the age of 30 should sign up to Opera North’s U30 scheme for a special U30 event night)
Sat 2 March, 7.30pm

Tickets from £15. If you’re Under 30 you can get tickets for £10, find out how.
You can buy them here. Or if you want to know a bit more, give Opera North Box Office a call on 0845 848 2720*
* Calls cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge

Then touring to:
The Lowry, Salford Quays, Fri 8 March, 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Newcastle, Sat 16 March, 7.30pm
Theatre Royal  Nottingham, Fri 22 March, 7.30pm