Getting Started

So what is the perfect first opera to see? There are two ways of answering this. One way is to think about the other things you enjoy and see an opera which matches your interests. The other is to pick an opera from the ‘Greatest Hits’ list, the popular classics which have engaged audiences for over a century.

Do you enjoy romantic fiction, a good love story and know that the best don’t always have happy endings?

La bohème and Madam Butterfly are operas which will make you really care for their heroine at their heart. These operas have deeply beautiful music and will leave you reaching for your tissues.

Love art house cinema and theatre that’s a bit different?

The Merchant of Venice and Le Vin herbé are operas for people who like to see something unlike anything else, people who want their next experience to be very different from the one before. These operas have music which will take you into different worlds and are staged in visually arresting productions.

Like a good thriller, something which keeps you guessing?

Manon Lescaut is the ultimate operatic thriller. One opera where it's a really good idea not to read the plot beforehand. Manon Lescaut twists and turns and will keep you in suspense.

Like to see a spectacle and enjoy familiar tunes?

Nabucco includes 'The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves', one of the most popular pieces of all music. Nabucco is a huge spectacle.