13 October 2017 at 2.58pm | 17 Comments
Sword fights, vocal acrobatics, tragic deaths, and tender love scenes: the world of opera has it all, and we want to share it with you.
#OperaPassion Day featured eight hours of activity from eight of the UK's leading opera companies: the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera busted the myths around the world of opera, through interviews, live performance, and never-before-seen archive footage.
- Backstage access into rehearsals for our upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor
- A sword fighting session with baritone Erwin Schrott
- A rare demonstration: do babies have the best vocal technique?
- George The Poet's first trip to the opera
- Operatic singing tips from the professionals, including a singing lesson live from the main stage
- A window into our wonderful Props department
- And much more…
At 6.30pm, to celebrate the V&A’s landmark exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, the V&A and the Royal Opera House presented a pop up performance at London's St Pancras Station: unsuspecting commuters were treated to a live performance from members of the Royal Opera Chorus, inspired by the operas featured in the exhibition. The performance was also be livestreamed across the world.
The day will culminate in an operatic broadcast on BBC Radio 3, chosen through a public vote.
Watch the stream on the Royal Opera House Facebook page. The event will also be relayed via Opera Vision.
To watch the livestreams from all eight partner companies and the V&A, visit the BBC Arts online #OperaPassion live page.