Digested podcast: "How to enjoy opera"

Why it's worth exploring, which pieces to begin with and what the future holds for the wonderfully colourful world of opera 

This month, we explore the drama, cathartic beauty and—sometimes—silliness that comes with the art form that is opera. Classical music journalist Alexandra Coghlan offers beginner tips on which works to start with, how to watch them, what to look out for at the performance and even what to wear (spoiler alert: even flip flops are acceptable!). 

From the giddy joys of Mozart to the soul-crushing emotional overdrive of Tchaikovsky, via the intricate complexities of Britten, there's something for everyone in opera, as Alexandra explains. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to be swept away into a stirring world of drama, passion and adventure. 

Glyndebourne's 2019 production of The Magic Flute will be broadcast by BBC Four on Christmas Day 

Glyndebourne Festival 2020 runs from May 21 - August 30, 2020. Public booking opens on Sunday March 8, 2020

Read more: Best of British: Opera festivals 

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