and arias, a more melodic style, in which notes are sung in a sustained fashion.

Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and sometimes includes dance.

Last year the British Black Classical Foundation launched its first Voice of Black Opera competition.

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Measured in number of performances per million residents, Austria tops the ranking at 149.8, followed by Switzerland at 102.1, Estonia at 95.5 and then Germany at 88.14.

Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh.

At the time, he could not read a single musical note and his experience as a singer amounted to a few bravado karaoke performances, which, though highly commended by his friends, gave no clue to an extraordinary talent lying dormant within. Nina Raine picked up a couple of "Most Promising Dramatist" awards for her 2006 play Rabbit.

She amply fulfils that promise now with Tribes, a fiercely intelligent, caustically funny and emotionally wrenching piece about communication, belonging, and identity.

France and Britain, by contrast, have only about a dozen state-funded opera houses each.

According to the opera statistics website Operabase, last year 7,230 opera performances took place in Germany, one-third of the world’s total.

The United States was a distant second, at 1,730 performances, followed by Russia and France, at 1,441 and 1,288, respectively.

Austria ranked sixth, at 1,252 performances, and Switzerland ninth, at 795.

Those who warmed to her were even more surprised when she took to the stage to belt out Nessun Dorma, originally sung by Luciano Pavarotti.