Dear Opera Lovers,
Two questions for you…………..
What is so special about The Mikado?
What is so special about Madama Butterfly?
I was asked those questions this week by a journalist who wants to excite people who have never seen an opera – not even Gilbert and Sullivan – to come to our performances at the Hackney Empire in September.
It set my mind whirring.
I can say why The Mikado is so special to me – I loved playing the role of Yum Yum in my early years in the profession – BUT how on earth do you describe its glories to someone who has no idea what G and S is about?
And as a singer I can wax lyrical bout what Butterfly means to me BUT ……….
Basically – how do we Opera Lovers enthuse those Opera Virgins out there to consider dipping their toes into the operatic pool?
I would love to hear your thoughts – then perhaps I can send the journalist some answers