All About That Tenor, No Soprano
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Being invited to a comedy opera left me feeling slightly concussed. The amalgamation of two art forms not typically associated together to form a concert performed by Sol3 Mio. The three piece Samoan opera group redefined my expectations of what opera is, which lead me onto thinking: is opera still important and relevant? Having been my second opera, with my first being Chorus (sort of a “best of opera” show) by the Welsh National Opera, I knew a couple of things would be clear. 1) Being young would leave me receiving cold looks from the lady two rows in front who clearly needs a Werther’s Original or two. 2) Expect a lot of gowns with sequins and the scent of soap. 3) I would be blown away. Opera is far more versatile and multi-dimensional than first thought. The WNO, for example, used strobe lighting during a Shostakovich piece and suspended singers in the air to Verdi. What I was about to witness would change my conceptions on the art form even more.
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