In early December the GCSE and A-Level Music students were given the opportunity to attend the Royal Opera House’s performance of Puccini’s opera Tosca. We had a very early start to catch the train at 6:30am, but it was worth the three-hour journey! When I went inside the Royal Opera House with my friends, I was amazed at how beautiful the inside was. The architecture was stunning and the on-stage set was breathtaking. As soon as I entered it was magical.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tosca and was really shocked at the ending! The part of the show that had the most impact was when the prop guns went off; they were very loud with real sparks. My favourite character was definitely Tosca. She has inspired me to continue my singing and my instrumental lessons because it would be really great to perform at the Royal Opera House someday. It was an honour to be able to watch such incredibly talented performers.
I hope it won’t be the last time I have the opportunity to see an opera because I found it to be a very rewarding experience. The clarity and sustained quality of the performance was most impressive. The music was the perfect portrayal of the emotions exhibited on stage. This experience has given me a deeper understanding of music and has had a great impact on me. The opera was an amazing experience that I will remember for many years to come and the trip around Covent Garden was really exciting too.
Asides from the opera, the experience of going to London was absolutely sensational. London had an incredible atmosphere and was picturesque, vibrant and fascinating.
I enjoyed seeing how London differs to Newcastle, and the December atmosphere in London was so lovely and heartwarming – I left feeling truly infused with Christmas spirit!
The whole experience, including going on the tube, taking the train, seeing Puccini’s tragic opera and going to get pizza was a really good experience, thank you! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I will never forget it.
Students from the Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE classes