- Written by Queen Munguti for Kenyakidz
Kenyan families have a chance to enjoy a renowned opera performance, Mozart’s Magic Flute, at the recently refurbished Kenya National Theatre which will also do good for their hearts by slowing it down and lowering blood pressure.
A research conducted by the University of Pavia on how our bodies responded to different classical music found that operatic music is the best for circulation and the heart.
“Music induces a continuous, dynamic and to some extent predictable change in the cardiovascular system, these findings increase our understanding of how music could be used in rehabilitative medicine,” said Dr Luciano Bernadi, the lead researcher.
They tested out various combinations of music and silence on 24 healthy volunteers and found tracks rich in emphasis that alternated between fast and slow, like operatic music, appeared to be the best for the circulation and the heart.
Opera is an art form in which musicians perform a dramatic work combining speech and music score, usually in a theatrical setting. Magic Flute tells the story of courage, love and righteousness.
The organiser of the opera, Edita Camm from Italy, said she was inspired to bring the opera to Kenya because she thought it would be a lot of fun for the audience.“I have a faithful circle of audience that trust me to always bring something special and well done even with limited resources,” said Edita.
Edita has organized other operas such as Mariage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte , Don Giovanni all by Mozart and even Hansel und Gretel in the country.
Some of the performers of the opera include; Linda Muthama, Elvis Kiarie, Saraphine Moipei, Philip Tuju among others. It will premiere on 1November at 2.30 pm.
Tickets will be available at the door; Sh1000 for adults, Sh500 for students and children. There is also a special discount for large school parties.