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What to wear to the opera

When a person attends his or her first opera, one of the first questions s/he asks is, “What should I wear?” This process often begins with a Google search: what to wear to the opera. Here’s some advice! What to wear to the opera No, you don’t have to wear a bird hat (see image). In fact, if you don’t, the people sitting behind you will thank you for it. In the U.S., there is no dress code for the opera. You’ll see it all, from jeans and T-shirts to…

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Mad Scenes

  They were all the rage in the early 19th century, a time when bel canto dominated the operatic stage. The vast majority of mad scenes were written for the leading soprano, providing her the ultimate opportunity to showcase her skills. Many of these pieces are extremely demanding, full of expressive and challenging coloratura passages. Here are some of the most famous mad scenes in the canon… “Il dolce suono” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, sung by the masterful Joan Sutherland in one of her signature roles. The piece was…

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