Never been to the opera? Now’s your chance because you can get one of the best seats in the house for just £20 with Try It ON!
Opera can be as tense as a thriller, as funny as a comedy and as emotional as a drama. This is theatre at its very best, so the staging is always spectacular and the vocals will absolutely blow you away. But despite all that, you’ve probably never been. Well, now’s the time to do it, because Opera North is inviting first-time opera goers to try it out for just £20.
These aren’t just any seats, they’re some the best in the house with an incredible view of the action – which is why this is such a cracking deal. In fact, you can save up to £65 on tickets. From down in the stalls, you’ll feel the full force of the orchestra. The pit is just in front of you and the singers’ voices will soar over the music to create an incredible live experience, with no microphones and no speakers.
This autumn, they have the perfect opera for you to dip your toe in the water with Puccini’s La bohème. This is one of the most famous operas of all time, so expect familiar tunes, heartbreaking emotion and a plot with more twists and turns than a pretzel. Opera North’s version is set in the bustling clubs and cafés of 1960s Paris, and as the love story plays out, you’ll find yourself carried away by the music.
Although La bohème premiered in 1895, it’s surprisingly relevant today – and not just because it’s set in the sixties. Opera is full of universal themes that are as powerful now as they’ve ever been. Love, loss and laughter – they’re the calling cards of your favourite TV shows and movies, but they’re also at the heart of the opera. So whether you love the romance of The Greatest Showman or the tense drama of Bodyguard, you can find an opera that ticks all the right boxes.
So what’s stopping you? If you’re worried you won’t understand what’s going on, don’t be. It’s not unusual for operas to be performed in English, and even when they’re not, you’ll always know what the singers are saying because subtitles are displayed on screens at either side of the stage. They’re big enough to read, even from the back, and because singing takes longer than speaking, you can glance between stage and screen without missing any of the action.
There’s one more thing we haven’t told you. Try It ON doesn’t just get you some of the best seats in the house, you’ll also wangle a special goodie bag on the night and exclusive offers after you attend, so hopefully, this will be the first of many opera trips to come.