Italian Opera — The Sound of Italian Hearts

Italian Opera — The Sound of Italian Hearts
opera house italy

When we come across the word Opera, one of the first things that comes into our mind is Italy. For many people, opera perform­ances are charac­ter­istic to Italy and are performed predom­in­antly by talented Italians. Opera did originate in Italy and today it is still popular all over the world. This form of singing is essen­tially a combin­a­tion of the historic culture and the language of the Italian people which is blended together to create riveting perform­ances sung by opera singers in open events and concert halls. Even today, opera perform­ances across the world continue to inspire people to learn about the Italian culture, history and language and the various exper­i­ences associ­ated with this breath­taking country.

For many people, watching an opera perform­ance is a romantic exper­i­ence. When you are in Italy, you surely must not miss out on visiting any of the popular and historic opera houses in the country and watching a live opera perform­ance. One common theme that runs across most opera perform­ances in the country is the tale of love or heart­break. People from all across the world who love opera frequently travel to Italy to catch a glimpse of their favorite opera stars perform live. The famous opera houses in Italy are always jam-packed with crowds of opera lovers thronging the place to watch the live perform­ance. Even someone who is not an opera fan will enjoy watching the opera singers as it is an enthralling and unique experience.

If you are planning to go for an Italian holiday, then you should attend at least one opera perform­ance in any of the big cities such as Rome, Milan or Florence. If you are keen to learn more about the European culture, history and language, then watching an opera might just be the right thing to do.  For a country filled with lush green landscapes and mesmer­izing build­ings, music has its own popularity and the culture of opera music is spread vastly across the entire country.

Opera Arena Verona

If you are wondering which are the popular cities for opera perform­ances in Italy, there are many to tour and explore. Cities like Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona, Pisa and Naples are just a few of the cities that are known for their majestic opera houses. These are the cities which saw the birth of opera singing and continue to embrace the tradi­tional style.

These opera houses are not just frequented by the locals who are opera fans but also tourists who want to learn more about the Italian culture apart from the shopping, cuisine, sight­seeing and romantic getaways that the country is most famous for. Though there are several popular opera houses in Italy, the one that is very popular is La Scala which is located in Milan. It was started in the year 1778 and still continues to attract crowds from across the globe. The world’s renowned opera singers perform at La Scala. Some other famous opera houses in Italy are Teatro Verdi in Pisa and Teatro San Carlo in Naples. These opera houses are centuries old but still retain their old-world charm and boast some of the most lavish interiors and world’s finest acoustics.

If you are thinking that opera houses can be found only in the big cities in Italy, then you are mistaken. Even the small, quaint cities as well as villages have opera houses that radiate a warm, friendly and rustic feel. These opera houses in smaller towns and cities are lesser known for concerts and opera festivals. Opera singers from Italy are known for their acous­tics and talent. One name that needs a mention is Maria Callas. She was born in New York and the Greek soprano singer had a flour­ishing career as an opera singer in Italy. She is often regarded as one of the finest opera artists of the twentieth century. She had a highly debated personal life which was charac­ter­ized by her much spoken about love affair with the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

luciano pavarotti tenor

Another popular opera singer from Italy is Luciano Pavarotti. He was born in 1935 and breathed his last breathe in 2007. He is often regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern opera. He is famous across the world as the one of the ‘Three Tenors’, the other two being Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. In 2004 the National Italian American Found­a­tion inducted him into its Italian American Hall of Fame in recog­ni­tion of his lifetime of opera work. The 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, saw Pavarotti on stage for the last time, where he performed “Nessun dorma”, with the crowd serving as the aria’s chorus, and he received a thunderous standing ovation. His tenor perform­ances brought opera to the masses and is highly regarded as one of the most perfect opera singers that ever lived.

Opera has always been at the heart of Italian culture and is here to stay. If you get the chance to visit an Italian opera theatre you will be glad you did, but if you can’t make it to Italy this year, just download a copy of Nessun Dorma, sit down and turn it up – we defy you not to be moved by the emotional voice and classic backing music.

3 Comments

  1. Mary Gregoryman 1 year ago

    I have always been captiv­ated by the passionate songs of the Italian Opera. Nothing else is quite so moving as this. Luciano Pavarotti is a legend, and I could only dreams of seeing his perform­ance live in a majestic opera house in Milan! This is the kind of thing that dreams are made of.

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      Jason 1 year ago

      I’m hoping to take a short trip to Milan in July so will let you know what the opera houses are like!

  2. Ceri Wilkes 1 year ago

    I really like the great tenors, especially when they got together for the Italian world cup ceremony in 1994 — wonderful memories!

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