High Culture Classical music, Opera and Ballet The Italian word ‘opera’ means ‘work’, as in the finished result. Opera in an art form where actors, musicians and singers perform accompanied by an orchestra. It started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and spread to the rest of Europe.
Mozart is the most renowned figure of the 18thcentury for operas like The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and the Magic Flute. The mid to late 19th century saw the rise of Wagner in Germany and Verdi in Italy. The 20th century ushered in experiments with modern styles such as the works of Stravinsky. The words of an opera are called the ‘libretto’ or ‘little book’.
Art Galleries and Museums Galleries and Museums conduct research, restore paintings and artifacts as well as exhibiting them. Modern art galleries have a different focus to portrait galleries or National galleries but all claim to protect elements of culture that are authentic, and which need to be considered deeply in relative silence. The great artists displayed in the Scottish National gallery in Edinburgh Art galleries include: Claude Monet, Botticelli, Cezanne, Constable, Gauguin and Turner.
Royal Ascot This racecourse is based in the village of Ascot, Berkshire for thoroughbred horseracing. It is the most prestigious racecourse and strongly associated with the royal family. Queen Anne founded it in 1711 and it is only 6 miles from Windsor castle. Royal Ascot is an annual event attended by the royal family. They arrive in a procession of horse drawn carriages. Total prize money for this week was over 10 million pounds in 2013. Over 300,000 people make their way to Ascot for Royal Ascot week, and the main focus, aside the horses, are the fashions. Hats are must, the bigger the better!