Always had an interest in opera but found it a little…intimidating?
Opera might have a reputation for being suited to those who favour caviar and vintage wines but it doesn’t have to be that way. English National Opera (ENO) is working to change Londoners’ opinions of the art.
Taking place in the beautiful London Coliseum, you’ll be able to buy £20 tickets that come complete with a briefing before the show starts so you know exactly what to expect. The prices might be budget but the performance will be anything but, with shows like Madam Butterfly (11, 30 March & 7 April 2020) and The Marriage of Figaro (19 March & 14 April 2020) coming up. If you’re a fan of breathtaking singing and beautiful costumes, it’s an unmissable evening in London.
Pleasingly, ENO also always perform in English, which makes it easier to follow the plot without nudging your bilingual pal sat next to you repeatedly throughout.
ENO’s offer works as a sort of introduction to opera. Once you’ve attended Opera Undressed once, you won’t be eligible to come again. But if you go along and discover a taste for the art, you’ll still be able to attend their other performances (which start from £10). You’ll also get a 50% discount for future ENO performances.
So what can you expect from a night at Opera Undressed?
You’re guaranteed great seats with a fantastic view of the stage, so you’ll be able to admire every inch of the performance. Before the show starts, you’ll listen to a pre-performance talk about the production and get an outline of the opera’s story in advance. Think of it as the equivalent of reading the blurb of a book or scrolling through IMDB before watching a new film – it’ll clear things up without giving it all away.
And after the show finishes, you’ll receive a complimentary Grand Tonic (Grand Marnier & Fever Tree Lemon Tonic) at a post-show party with the cast. It’s a perfect way to round off an unforgettable evening without the fancy price-tag to match.
This article was sponsored by Grand Marnier. 18+ only. Please drink responsibly.
Also published on Medium.