This is my list of the best places to buy gifts for your fellow opera lovers (or treat yourself!)
This is a wonderfully creative idea and one of these would be a very unique and special present. Each bracelet is designed using colours and charms to represent an opera, aria or character. There is a wide selection, so you can probably find any major opera or character there. Ballet bracelets are also available.
Another lovely creative online store selling unique gifts. Watches, books, pillows, scarves and stationery are all available. Just admit it, you’ve always wanted to adorn your home with a cushion with a drawing of Turandot and Calaf kissing on it.
The Met Shop has pretty much everything you could ever want, plus some more. There is something for everyone here, somewhere among the DVDs, CDs, books, clothing, autographed items, handbags, umbrellas, exclusive jewelry, stationery, toys, ornaments, kitchen equipment and wall art. Shop by type of item or by opera and you are bound to find something you know your loved one will adore. I personally have fallen for this La Bohème bracelet.
Pick one of the opera-themed images here and get it on a mug, t-shirt, tote bag, phone case, blanket, card, hoodie, mousepad, pillow, etc.
For the opera lover who has everything. Some interesting things here, from the slightly more sane (Lucia di Lammermoor or Don Quixote poster) to things like this:
There are so many great books about opera and by opera singers, so it’s difficult to pick out just a few that sound good. But anyway:
Losing the Plot in Opera (contains some interesting views and anecdotes but rather assumes that the reader is fairly new to opera)
PS These are my personal ideas, most of these books are not very technical or involved from the point of view of the performers. This is a small selection, there are lots more books like this out there which may be more suited to you or someone you want to give them to.
CDs and DVDs
Lots of wonderful new CDs and DVDs have come out that are worth having. Have a look around on Amazon or at a local record shop.
And of course, nothing beats just a ticket to go to a live opera or to see one at the cinema.
Happy Christmas shopping everyone! Any other ideas you would like to share, please mention them in the comments!