AN EVENING AT THE OPERA
collage: Daria Kokozej
Freddie Mercury with the Royal Ballet – rehearsing:
At the event itself:
In October 1979 Mercury fulfilled a long-time dream by performing with the Royal Ballet. Wayne Eagling, a Royal Ballet principal, was a close friend of Freddie’s and invited him to appear as a guest artist at a charity gala.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” were both choreographed and Freddie added live vocals to the sound of the London Symphony Orchestra. Freddie danced so well that evening that he received a standing ovation.
Another great, monumental project was Mercury’s duet with famous opera
diva Montserrat Caballé: the album “
Freddie first saw Montserrat Caballé in1983
when she was performing the role of “Amelia” in the opera “Un
Ballo in Maschera” by
Giuseppe Verdi in
Freddie was literally flowering at the time he was doing this project: “It’s amazing, I mean now I’m going to opera, you know; forget rock’n’roll.”
In addition to it Freddie brought joy to the people with whom he was working; Montserrat recalls: “It was a marvellous moment of my life – this one year together … one of the most surprising beautiful and happy [moments] of my life; it was like a distension, like a window open to the world.”
‘Opera singer’ Freddie Mercury:
+++ At a recent E-bay auction (January 2007) some photographs of Freddie rehearsing with the Royal Ballet were sold for – please correct me if I’m wrong – hundreds of pounds (source: I copied the pic directly from the auction)+++: