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Opera Duets for Wedding Entertainment

9th May 2011

We love opera.  We especially love taking opera and classical music out of the Opera Houses and Concert Halls and creating productions that have everyone singing along.  To do this we choose repertoire that suits all tastes and create specially devised performances like our Surprise Singing Waiters or Opera Gala evenings.  This week we thought we would share our audiences' favourite soprano and tenor duets.  So here we go, we hope you like them:

“Brindisi” from La Traviata by Verdi

A "Brindisi" is a song that invites everyone to drink.  It is an Italian word but originates from the old German phrase "(ich) bring dir's" which means "(I) offer it to you".  The word "brindisi" is often used in opera and begins with one character introducing a toast with a solo melody and the full chorus join later in the piece.

The opera tells of the tragic love affair between a Parisian courtesan, Violetta Valery and a young nobleman Alfredo Germont and is based on the novel "La Dame Aux Camelias" by Dumas.  In fact, Alexandre Dumas fell i love with the brilliant courtesan Marie Duplessis, a girl whose praises were sung even after her death by everyone who met her.  She died from tuberculosis in 1847 and Dumas published his novel one year later.

The "Brindisi" is sung by Alfredo and Violetta in Act 1.  Alfredo Germont has been invited to the party held y Violetta Valery, a star of the Parisian demi-monde.  Alfredo improvises a toast to love and Violetta responds singing the praises of pleasure and delight!

The duet is particularly popular for entertainment at weddings and wedding receptions and is one of the highlights of our Singing Waiter performances due to the magnificent singing and instantly recognisable music.

"O Soave Fanciulla" from La Boheme by Puccini

The opera centres around a community of artists in the bohemian quarter of Paris and the relationship of poet Rodolfo and Mimi.  LIke the relationship of Rodlofo's friend and fellow artist Marcello and the beautiful Musetta, Mimi and Rodolfo's love is not without conflict.  At the end of the opera, however, they are united tragically as Mimi returns to the garret and dies there, surrounded by her friends.
This aria is sung in Act I when Rodolfo and Mimi meet for the first time and fall instantly in love. They express their new feelings for each other and set off arm in arm to reach Rodolfo’s fiends in the Latin Quarter.
This is a very touching and moving duet which creates an electrifying atmosphere as part of wedding entertainment or surprise singing waiter performances.

Opera is not just for big Opera House stages but makes fantastic entertainment for weddings, corporate events, private parties or as surprise entertainment.  Our professional opera singers provide world class entertainment that will transform your event into and unforgettable experience.  It is not every day you have the opportunity to listen to the country's top opera singers, singin some of the most famous arias and duets up close and personally for you and your guests.