Opera in the living room: an old tradition sees restoration in Italy
Opera is a serious pastime in the birthplace of world famous composer Verdi. But to increase accessibility, performances are being held in private homes.
PARMA, ITALY—A young tenor’s voice, in his rendition of “La donna e mobile,” fills the palatial living room with one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous canzones from “Rigoletto.”
It’s a late Thursday afternoon and the sun is setting, as guests seated around the piano begin to clap. The hostess is suddenly in the center of the circle for a short waltz.