I love opera! There, I said it. When I was growing up I had a preconceived idea of the typical opera lover.
And then I went to see my first at 18. It was The Elixir of Love, an English opera shown at the Lowry. I was blown away by the roller coaster of emotions I experienced through the power of voice. A few years later I sloped off to a traditional opera. Even in Italian it still conveyed the emotions of the story, I could follow it completely without the faintest idea what the words were. Over the years I have taken myself off to th e theatre occasionally. The stand out performance for me was La Boheme by the Garden Opera company. I laughed and cried, gasped and blushed (as appropriate) through the entire performance. But the final scene, Mimi’s death scene broke my heart. The video from YouTube is never going to convey the effects of the waves of voices which caress your soul, so I will forgive you if you don’t feel it. However, I would urge you to go and find an opera near you. To sit and absorb the energy. And just see… You may just be surprised.