Five Reason why opera is good for your health
Recently we have been debating in the office how Opera can be beneficial to your life. We have learnt that it improves mood, it can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and it can be the perfect accompaniment to football. Who knew?
Following on from this we thought we would actually do a bit of research and find out if Opera is good for your health. Guess what? We found out it is!
Here are five reasons why you should book in to see Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin from Scottish Opera this June.
1. Opera makes you happy: Move over Pharrell we have a new happy song! Listening to opera can help increase dopamine secretion, which activates the brain’s reward and pleasure centre. In fact, a 2013 study found that music can help put people in a better mood.
2. Opera is good for your heart: A study in 2009 by Dr Luciano Bernardi and colleagues, from Italy’s Pavia University, asked healthy volunteers to listen to five random tracks of classical music and monitored how their bodies responded and they found listening to opera can slow the heart and lower blood pressure.
3. It can improve your memory: Did you know that listening to classical music can actually help improve your memory? According to a study by researchers from Sapienza University of Rome, people who listened to opera music showed an increase in brain wave activity that’s linked directly to memory. So next time you have to memorize a big speech or presentation, put on some opera while you practice.
4. Reduces stress levels: If you’re feeling particularly stressed, listen to some classical tunes. A study found that pregnant women who listened to classical music were less likely to feel stressed throughout their pregnancy. Scientists claim that classical music’s tempo is similar to the human heart, which eases both anxiety and depression.
5. Supercharges brainpower: Calling all students just about to sit their summer exams. Boost your brainpower by listening to some opera. In a study, French researchers found that students who listened to a lecture in which classical music was played in the background scored better on a test compared to other students.
But don’t just take it from us, discover the power of classical music for yourself!!! If you haven’t booked your tickets for Scottish Opera’s Eugene Onegin – what are you waiting for?