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Opera Bespoke’s Singing Waiters perform for the Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, London

22nd Dec 2011

December is always a very busy and enjoyable month for us and we have been entertaining guests all around the UK this year. Our singing waiters have been very much in demand at Christmas parties and our performances have brought each event to life, leaving guests with a lasting memory and a truly unique and fun experience. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to listen to the country’s top opera singers singing live, close up, especially for you.
Our singing waiters have performed at some fantastic events during December, but the one that stands out this year is an event at the Charing Cross Hotel in central London where our world class singing waiters were booked to provide the surprise entertainment for a corporate Christmas celebration dinner.
Overlooking The Strand and just yards from Trafalgar Square, The Charing Cross Hotel is truly at the heart of London, and one of the capital’s grandest railway hotels. Established in 1865, The Grade II listed building has been transformed into a world-class 21st century hotel which has preserved all its authentic period features, giving it a boutique, timeless elegance and grandeur.
Following our surprise and comical introduction, guests were mesmerised by outstanding performances from our world class tenor and soprano who brought everyone to their feet in a standing ovation. Guests joined in the sing along chorus with gusto, creating a sea of napkins as they were waved in the air and there was not a glass that was not swung from side to side as they savoured the “Brindisi” from La Traviata.
And now for our interesting opera fact of 2011: Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), one of the greatest Italian tenors of all time, was the 3rd of 7 children, only 3 of whom lived beyond infancy. There is an often repeated story of Caruso having had 17 or 18 siblings who died in infancy. However, genealogical research carried out by a friend of the Caruso family suggests this is incorrect. According to Caruso's son Enrico, Jr., Caruso himself and his brother Giovanni may have been the source of the exaggerated number. Caruso's widow also included the story in a memoir that she wrote about her late husband, where he is quoted as saying he was "number 19".