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No One Should Be Afraid of Monteverdi
According to the conductor of the AriannaEnsemble, a lot of people are scared of opera. I think this is because of its tendency to be be in a foreign language. While I find listening to opera and classical music very enjoyable, my dad constantly complains that 'you can't understand a word their saying'. To me, it is not the words that are important, but the sounds and the mood it creates.
The AriannaEnsemble want everyone to get the same pleasure out of opera as they do, and in every concert the conductor says 'We must make our best effort to make ourselves understood, and to approach as many people as possible.'
They are constantly inviting people new to classical forms of music to come and enjoy their concerts, and it certainly helps circumstances by making all their performance free to watch.
One other way they plan to get more people interested in their next concert is through the diversity of their choir; musicians from six countries will be meeting on the 4th May at 6pm in Sussex Gardens to perform Monteverdi's Lacrime d'Amore, which translates to 'Tears of Love'.