An Enchanting BeginningMy primary/elementary school organized an opera club for around 5-12 students. I signed up after hearing about the club through choir practice.. I think most of the others were also part of the choir. Anyhow I'd grown up hearing about Opera from my grandmother and thought I'd see what it was all about.
I still remember the first opera I saw. Verdi's "Aida". Needless to say I fell in love with Opera.The powerful yet controlled voices of the singers, the story, the emotion, the acting, the elaborate set and costumes and the atmosphere. For me opera isn't just about the music but the show as a whole. I was mesmerized never wanting the night to end. Most of my family and friends told me how they thought opera was "boring" (although I've heard that Opera was the original soap with their storylines). I agreed to disagree and each year since I've had the pleasure of seeing different operas being performed. These days I go with my grandmother and my great aunt and it's nice to be able to share the experience together.
Another thing I love about Opera is how the same story can be adapted in different ways by different productions. For example I've seen Opera set in modern times, in the future, outdoors in summer, with the use of green screens ect.. I have to admit I have a soft spot for Opera set in the correct historical period. There are so many modern versions in an effort to attract younger crowds. I wonder if the Opera club still exists at my old school?
Perhaps Opera has even inspired me to a degree ... I love acting and the theatre and my admiration for Opera singers has only grown after performing myself. I'd love to sing Opera but I think I'm better suited to acting. Inreasingly often Opera companies are now hiring non singing actors for small roles in productions as supporting cast.. if one day I got such an opportunity it would be a dream come true for me to be part of the magic.