Let me start by saying that I’m a huge lover of opera, and when you think of opera, you have got to think about Italy. It is the birth country of opera (around the year 1600) and to this day, many opera singers find their home and work in Italy.
It’s hard to believe that Pavarotti passed away 10 years ago already, it doesn’t seem that long ago, somehow. It was on my bucket list to attend a performance by him, and one of the things I’ll never get to do since he is no more.
Another performer I truly love is Andrea Bocelli. I absolutely love him. He signs more than just opera, but I especially love to hear him sing opera. He has such a warmth in his voice.
As far as Italian operas are concerned, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto are among my favourites but my absolute favourite is Norma, especially when Renata Scotto performed in it. Her voice is out of this world.
I have no idea where I got my love for opera from, certainly not from my parents, they couldn’t make themselves listen to it. There is an incredible beauty in opera, something that can move me to tears.
If ever you go to Italy, do attend an opera if you can. It’s well worth it.