How exciting folks, dust down your blazers and polish your shoes...The opera is coming to town!
For two nights only the media hub that is Media City is being transformed into something akin to the Arena di Verona and a new, intriguing take on this ancient medium is being performed.
Renowned electronic artist Kwes (could you explain who he is to your parents please kids?) and opera renegades Go Opera have got their heads together to create a reimagining of Italian Opera with the specific intention of exposing this beautiful art form to a new generation. It will be performed outdoors to capture the Italian love of all things al fresco but under a state of the art projection cover to capture the Mancunian love of all things warm and dry.
It looks to be a very interesting evening indeed. As opposed to focussing on one opera, which is always a tough ask for newcomers, the evening will instead focus on specific scenes and moments from various operas. Gone, also, will be the heavy production values and the ‘exclusivity’ often associated with this world and instead the evening will take on a much more interactive and contemporary feel. I think it sounds intriguing.
We pride ourselves on being a ‘music’city. We have a rich history and an enviable live music scene. You don’t need six degrees of separation to link most residents back to a musician and I would recommend all muso’s give this night some consideration because some of the aria’s and melodies found in Italian opera are undeniably the most beautiful, heartfelt pieces of music ever written.
If hearing ‘Mio Babbino Caro’ or ‘Intermezzo’ belted out full volume doesn’t raise the hairs on your arms then you have a heart of stone and should seriously consider taking your ‘Empathy Valve’ in for a service.
It’s a great opportunity to experience something new and diverse and an incredibly interactive, interesting way of doing so. Besides that, you get a free beer on entry...there, no excuses!
Visit www.operadiperoni.com to purchase tickets for the evening experiences or drop by the Opera di Peroni bar during the day.
Tickets are £7.50 each with performances on Wednesday and Thursday.