5 Things We Love About The English National Opera
Whether you’re at the opera every week or it’s a once-in-a-while treat, English National Opera performances are a special experience. The new season of shows in London have begun and you can get your tickets to The Barber of Seville, Rodelinda and Aida now, both of which would make for a great night out for an opera newbie or a seasoned fan. And as if you needed more than one, here are five reasons we love the English National Opera.
1. The Coliseum
The iconic Coliseum is the home of the ENO, and it’s more than fitting – it’s stunning architecture and interior is the envy of the West End. Sitting at the end of St. Martin’s Lane, it’s surrounded by bars, restaurants and is moments away from Trafalgar Square – perfect for strolling through after a performance. And if you wanted to combine dinner and a show, there’s a beautiful restaurant at the theatre and a number of bars for a pre-show drink.
2. Lots of the shows are sung in English
If you’re new to opera or find the idea of a show in a foreign language a little daunting, you might be surprised to hear that a lot of, if not the majority, of shows by ENO are in English. Sometimes, the perception of being not being able to understand opera can feel like a barrier to going to see it, but helpfully at ENO shows, there are surtitles above the stage so you won’t miss a word.
3. ENO Shows are more accessible than ever before
You can get tickets to ENO shows like The Barber of Seville, Rodelinda and Aida through TodayTix, but there are also programmes designed to make it super easy for you to see opera. ENO’s Access All Arias and Opera Undressed are great ways to be introduced to opera and learn more about it.
4. World-Class Chorus and Orchestra
The men and women of the Chorus and Orchestra are world-renowned, having performed some of the most beautiful operas in the world, delighting audiences year after year. The Chorus have even won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
5. ENO shows feature stunning sets
Being able to see so many different ENO productions in a year, means you’ll get to be transported into lots of different worlds, both real and fantastical. If your perception of opera is that it’s all set in the 19th Century, prepare to be surprised and delighted at the wide variety of stories, sets and styles produced by ENO.
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