While pop music takes over the commercial music industry globally, opera on the other hand continues to exist through a selected group of followers who enjoy classical music. But opera is not just music per se. It also includes acting, scenery, costumes, and sometimes, even dance. In short, it is a dramatic work usually performed in an opera house or performing arts theatre. It is not uncommon for the opera to be performed on an open-air stage, too.
On February 2, 2013 the opera Rigoletto will be performed at the Supreme Court Gardens. For those who enjoy art performances, this might well be City of Perth's and Loterrywest's treat of the new year for them. But for those who think that opera is not their cup of tea, here are 5 reasons I can think of to encourage them to see Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto.:
1.It is free. Putting up an opera production could be very expensive. It is therefore understandable why a good seat to see an opera in a performing art theatre here in Perth could cost up to $160.00. Being able to see a free opera is, in my opinion, a privilege. Take advantage of this opportunity.
2.There is no black-tie dress code. Opera patrons normally dress up to see an opera, not for this one. You can dress down appropriately and relax.
3.There are surtitles in English so that the text of the songs, also known as libretto, can be understood and be enjoyed more fully. (Rigoletto is in Italian language. Based on Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse, its libretto is written by Francesco Maria Piave)
4. The well known aria La Donna č Mobile sung by the Three Tenors (Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras) during their world tour is from Rigoletto. Wouldn't it be interesting to finally hear, appreciate, and understand this song in the context of an opera production?
5.It is an experience. All the performers and musicians in an opera production are masters of their art. Find out why opera continues to be performed for many centuries.