Stephen Fry’s message to the world on World Opera Day

‘What I’ve discovered over a lifetime of listening to opera,’ says the legendary actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry, ‘is how magical the mixture is of drama and music. When they come together, something extra, something greater than the sum of its parts happens.’

25 October 2019 will be the first World Opera Day, an awareness campaign about the positive impact and value of opera for society. Opera, like other arts, contributes to developing tolerance and understanding, opening minds and connecting people with strong, universal emotions. Just as sport shapes a healthy body, the arts shape a healthy mind. More information about World Opera Day:

OperaVision will toast the occastion by streaming Bizet’s Carmen from the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus from the Wiener Staatsoper. In the spirit of World Opera Day’s global reach, we also streamed a production of La bohème from the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai in early September, and will stream Don Giovanni from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma on 26 October and The Barber of Seville from the Teatro Municipal de Santiago on 27 October. Discover all of our next streams for World Opera Day:






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