Opera Mezza 2012
Ilove that this Italian manufacturer called its company ‘Opera’ to start with, but even more loved the fact that all its speakers take their names either from famous opera singers or from terms related to singing. Now you know this, can you guess what Opera’s first-ever model was called? You’ll find out if you were right later on in this review, but in case you’re struggling, my only hint will be that the two models that followed the first were named after the fa- mous American/Greek soprano Maria Callas, they being the ‘Callas’ and the ‘Divina’ (this last because in her lifetime, Callas was hailed as ‘ La Divina’). Sadly, Opera has yet to get around to naming a model after an Australian opera diva, but I guess no-one would want to buy a loudspeaker called ‘Nellie’ or ‘Joan’.
The Mezza 2012 is the smallest speaker in Opera’s Classica series. And when I say ‘small’, I mean it: it stands just 325mm high. It’s also rather narrow, at 200mm. It is, however, rather deep, at 320mm, so it ends up with an internal volume of around eight litres. As you can see from the photograph above, it’s a two-way design, as you’d predict, but what you can’t see is the rear-firing port that reveals it as a bass reflex design.
The 127mm bass/midrange driver is made for Opera by SEAS and although it looks to have a cone made from polypropylene, it’s