• Posted:Monday, February 22, 2010
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Hamburg opera is accessible to all
Now, I myself am not a massive fan of opera. I've always been a bit too busy tramping up and down the countryside of one region or another to spare much thought for it and it's never really struck me as the kind of music that you could hike along to. It seems that time needs to be dedicated to the art of appreciating opera and that's something I've never been able to give to the craft. However, if you really want to get into it yourself, then booking a hostel room in Hamburg could be an excellent move, as the city is apparently taking steps to ensure that the art form is accessible to anyone who wants to familiarise themselves with it.

According to Karen Zarker and Sarah Zupko of Pop Matters - who have been to the city several times - those involved in the Hamburg opera sphere are trying to reach out to people other than the "standard opera crowd".

Even if you're not a child, signing up to one of the schemes put in place by the Hamburg State Opera - which are designed with youngsters in mind - could be a great move for opera novices as productions aimed at kids are often put on. Look for Opera Piccola and you should find yourself heading in the right direction, although if you're there right now, you could check out performances of La Boheme or Death in Venice.

What's more, ticket prices aren't hugely expensive so, even on a traveller's budget, spending an evening in an auditorium listening to people singing in German and Italian certainly could happen. In fact, I think I'll take in a show or two next time I'm over that way myself - it's about time I was a bit more cultured, I think.

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