A newlywed is suing an opera company she hired to sing at her wedding reception after claiming their “painful” performance ruined the day and even made one guest feel sick.
Virginia Routh, a lifelong opera fan, paid company Soprano Bella £2,500 for three opera singers to perform at her wedding to Alan Lynch at Chandos House in the West End in September last year. However, Ms Routh, 75, claimed the performance was “ruined” by over-amplification and that the loudness forced guests to cover their ears and even left one feeling ill.
Soprano Bella claimed their singers have all “played a lead role in either a major West End show or have performed with one of the UK's top opera companies, making them one of the best in their field”. The company specialises in providing singers dressed as waiters who make an announcement before breaking into song…
… Routh said,
Soprano Bella's performance can only be described as a disaster. One of my guests, who had come all the way from Germany, was so appalled that he stuck both fingers in his ears. My sister-in-law, Caroline Raphael, who is a devoted opera fan and friend of Covent Garden, left the room because the over-amplified sound made her feel physically sick. It was more than just an embarrassment, it spoilt what should have been a very happy occasion for me and all my guests.”
via Evening Standard
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.