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Opera Bespoke's Opera Singers Hired To Perform At Harrods

8th Dec 2010

This month we were delighted to be appointed to perform at Harrods, the world famous luxury department store. Our world class professional opera singers, dressed in period costumes, created an afternoon of operatic splendour as Harrods guests were welcomed to a delightful opera gala which included pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and Bizet.
Our professional opera singers are hired to perform at a variety of events from weddings and corporate events to private parties. As every event is different we specifically choose repertoire to suit the occasion but there are some arias which are a must when creating an evening of operatic entertainment. So here are our opera singers’ favourite five opera arias:
At number one is the tenor’s favourite - Nessun Dorma meaning None Shall Sleep. The aria is from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot and is sung by Calaf, Il Principe Ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but distant Princess Turandot.
And at number two, one for the baritones - Largo Al Factotum meaning make way for the factotum is an aria from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. "Factotum" refers to a general servant and derives from the Latin where it literally means to do everything. This aria is widely regarded as one of the most difficult baritone arias to perform and provides a skilled opera singer with the opportunity to highlight all of his qualities.
In at number three is one of the most famous soprano arias - Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen meaning hell's vengeance boils in my heart. It is an aria performed by the coloratura soprano role Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and is often referred to as The Queen of the Night Aria. The aria is highly memorable due to its fast pace and menacing tone.
It’s one for the mezzo at number four - Habanera - a famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. Sometimes it is referred to as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" meaning love is a rebellious bird. Its score was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito," composed originally by the Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier.
And last but certainly not least, at number five is Vissi d’Arte a soprano aria from the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Tosca as she thinks of her fate and of her lover’s life which is at the mercy of Baron Scarpia.
If you’re thinking of hiring opera singers for your event, make it a night to remember with our favourite five solo arias as your guests rise to their feet with rapturous applause!