Arias in the marketplace

Back in April I posted a link to a video about Joshua Bell, the violin virtuoso whose Washington, DC subway performance was ignored by pretty much everyone who passed by.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia had quite a different experience at the Reading Terminal Market. On April 24, 2010, they wandered through the packed market singing “Brindisi”, from La traviata.

People were bemused, then captivated. They smiled. They laughed. And I’ll bet some of them became opera fans.

Opera Company of Philadelphia has its own YouTube Channel. You can go behind the scenes in the costume shop, watch snippets of operas, and meet some of the artists.

I confess I’ve never been an opera fan. These people just might convert me.

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5 comments for “Arias in the marketplace

  1. Brian Eaton
    June 8, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Cathryn,
    Thankyou for that brilliant version of Brindisi.The genuine pleasure of the onlookers was enough to move me to tears.
    Reminded me of the open air market in Seattle.
    Brian

  2. Chris Bischoff
    June 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Loved the opera in the market place–Thanks for this!

  3. Sharon Currie
    June 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Cathryn:
    I am an opera lover and I can’t think of anything more gratifying than buying my veggies and fruits and listening to one of my favourite arias in such a public place. What a great idea … now if we could only hear the same beautiful singing at our local market.

  4. Michelle
    June 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I love these clips!

  5. Tess
    June 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I love opera and how cool to see it and feel it so up close….
    I was jealous

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