Last week Nat and I headed over to Warren Street to check out a new event hosted by Peroni. Created for people who have never been exposed to opera, Peroni partnered with Kwes and Go Opera to create an exciting new event intended to expose the iconic art form to new audiences.
In case you’re not familiar with Kwes, you may know some of his peers. The up and coming producer and musician has worked with everyone from Damon Albarn and The xx through to Jack Penate and Micachu. He’s an incredibly talented individual who began playing music at the age of 4 and has carried it through every aspect of his life since. Interestingly, he also has colour synaesthesia which means he sees different colours when he listens to music, with every note being associated with a particular shade.
The event took place in a pop up bar opposite Warren Street station, where a huge white tent was erected and plastered in Peroni branding. The crowd filtered in bit by bit and filled the tent, with no real direction as to where the show would take place.
Kwes turned up, and the director James Hurley was also mingling in the crowd.
After a few beers and a few snacks the show began, and the singers started to work through the crowd. To our surprise, there was no stage, and no point of focus for the show. The entire tent became the stage and the opera singers danced through the guests whilst entertaining.
To help the crowd follow the plot, the lyrics were translated from Italian into English and projected onto the ceiling, making an accessible experience for everyone involved.
After the show went on for a bit, two of the characters took for an emotional embrace in the middle of the crowd. Kwes took this as the perfect opportunity to walk up to them and see what was up. After walking round them for a while, breaking the fourth wall completely, he played a bit of synth on the keyboard behind them.
The show was incredibly entertaining, and offered a really soft introduction to opera that anyone could enjoy. Whilst it has never been an art form I’ve been particularly interested in Opera Di Peroni has exposed me to a new form of culture that was thoroughly enjoyable. Full congratulations go to Kwes for this masterpiece, and thanks to Peroni for enabling such a great project.
Are you a fan of the opera? What do you think of the Opera Di Peroni? Let us know in the comments!