Many people are made shy by the majesty
of the Opera, which is considered too elitist, exclusive and difficult to understand. Even communication concerning theatrical events devoted to the opera foster this vision, thus eliminating in advance a great part of possible spectators.
Radio, TV and press seem to have forgotten the artistic value of the opera to better care for pop music. What we all often forget is that opera has been, first of all, a music loved by the people who sang it in the streets. In the Nineteenth Century the arias by Giuseppe Verdi were able to excite the hearts and relate stories of injustices, abuses, loves and wars.
On the contrary today the first approach to opera occurs in the adulthood, when there is the need to see more sophisticated shows and cultural events and more attention is paid to committed performances. For this reason, mainly the young and simplest people remain far from an important part of our culture miss- ing the strength of its positive message made of ideals, hopes and struggle for life.
Let’s think of teenagers who have to go to a performance conceived for opera lovers: they would probably live this experience only as the opportunity to skip school and maybe already at the end of the first act they would miss their desks.
Let’s also think of the image we all have of opera: enormous sopranos towering over the stage with their over-magnificent costumes making them quite disquieting. Directors who start virtuosities only aimed at satisfying their ego and who often take for granted that their staging consisting of a sad blue background is enough to narrate the extraordinary events of Turandot. Art directors who cherish the fond hope to bring new public to the theater by performing the umpteenth boring show smelling of moth balls.
A new register is needed to bring new spectators to the opera, with the courage of abandoning old schemes to give space to a new language able to generate the desire to hurry and buy the show tickets into the public. This language is Fantasy, that has been assuring a great success of public in all arts, from literature to the movies for many years.