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18 October 2017, 07:34 | Updated: 27 October 2017, 15:42
Barber, Boheme and Carmen, all told super-quickly in these gorgeous short animations.
To mark the new opera season, Classic FM has partnered with ENO in a bid to make this genre of classical music accessible to everyone. It follows research commissioned by Classic FM which reveals that most people think opera is expensive and intimidating.
Classic FM has modernised three of the best-known operas, Carmen, La bohème and The Barber of Seville, creating three short animated films, narrated by Johnny Vaughan. The 30-second ‘opera shorts’ are designed to break down some of the perceived barriers to this classical form, making the storylines more accessible to a contemporary audience.
Watch The Barber of Seville as an ‘opera short’...
The research revealed the following statistics:
Narrator Johnny Vaughan said: “There are some fantastic operatic storylines which have more drama, romance and intrigue than a whole hour of Brexit negotiations. Alright I'm exaggerating a bit, but it’s important to cut through the stereotypes that surround classical music and opera and give people the chance to enjoy it, which is why the ‘opera shorts’ trilogy is such a great idea.”
Watch Carmen and La bohème