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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 10:08 AM
But opera...are you kidding me?

You know, country music, don't necessarily like it but can listen. Dance, hip hop it all has some sort of beat....rap, I sort of can appreciate it for the message, it's some sort of "where we're coming from" thing....but opera?

Other than a showcase for their great voices...I just do not get it.

[Edited on 11/2/2008 by heineken515]

 
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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 10:18 AM
i'm not a huge opera fan,but my mom & dad were professional musicians & mom had a radio show in the 40's--my dad was offered a singing role in the Metropolitan opera....without boring you on my folks,i'll just say,i do see the twists & turns,bending of notes & all the sounds that are oozed outta the guitar that also exist in opera--it's not my taste in music & generally has no beat,but there is great emotional expression & some of the singers have outstanding voices & are able to create the magic & emotion that many of us would get from the beauty & range of emotions expressed by Duane Allman's guitar work. i still don't like opera but i get it a bit....
 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 11:39 AM
I love opera. I'll admit it takes a little bit to get into, given most of it is in Italian or German. Most cds have librettos with translations. Verdi and Rossini are my favorites.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 11:57 AM
Since I work all day I don't get a chance to watch daytime TV so I really can't give you an opinion on Oprah. I do know that she sure has a lot of fans and is quite influential.

Is she as good as Jerry Springer?

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 12:02 PM
Don't own any recordings, may never go to another but when I was teaching in Mobile, AL I took my eighth graders to Rigoletto.

Mobile Opera Company has a program that offers student groups free admission to a daytime dress rehearsal before opening night. They say upfront they may stop the performance to work out a bug or two, which they did once to work out a staging problem.

I gotta tell you, while I was sitting there in the theatre the show was pretty great, very enjoyable. They had a prompter above the curtain with English subtitles which helped me follow the story line.

The kids dug it too, inner city kids!

So, I wouldn't rule out the live opera at some point.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 12:02 PM
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I love opera. I'll admit it takes a little bit to get into, given most of it is in Italian or German. Most cds have librettos with translations. Verdi and Rossini are my favorites.


I agree! I think you really need to experience an opera before you rule it out. It's an incredible musical experience.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 12:08 PM
opera beats the pants off of rap and hip hop
 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 12:22 PM
Cooperstown, NY, is not only home to the baseball HOF but has an opera festival July-August which is a big deal.

http://www.glimmerglass.org/

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 01:04 PM
Mozart's operas have incredibly beautiful music in them. And opera should be seen live to really appreciate it. Sets, costumes, great acting as well as mind-boggling singing, great story lines, thunderous live orchestra. I love it.

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 01:24 PM
The first place I tended bar was a three star Italian restaurant in Houston that featured live singers doing Broadway show tunes and opera.

We also had a guy who did Irish & Scottish songs.


I never cared for the opera stuff, but when one of our openly gay waiters (he & his partner referred to each other as Mary) used to sing a romantic, Don Juan routine to a female diner, it was comedy gold for the staff.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 03:34 PM
Never cared for opera until the 3 Tenors sang at the World Cup in 1990. Even then I did not really investigate it any further. Until I decided i needed something different and went to to see La Boheme sung in English by English National Opera. It was a musical experience I'll never forget. Most places now have "surtitles" - a screen with translation, but you don't watch it as the staging transfixes you. Try to get at least one a year in now, but it can be very expensive for good tickets, especially in London. Have some on CD, but don't listen at home much - it's a live experience. Go!

 

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  posted on 11/2/2008 at 10:23 PM
Hey...I've seen "Phanton" two different times.....Cincy and here in Dayton at the Schuster Center. As good as any PINK FLOYD concert I ever saw...(Saw 'em 4 times)....the special effects were killer and once you got the story line, it was cool. I've seen a few others over the years. It can depend on the show and the presentation.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 08:46 AM
I like the Overtures..that usually is an instrumental piece that opens the Opera. It reflects most of the musical themes of that particular opera. However, after that, when the singing starts, I can't listen.

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 09:05 AM
I like most music apart from Rap.

Wait a minute, Rap isn't music

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 11:06 AM
I love just about all music, Opera just being one form (admit - not big fan of some country and rap). I love the storyline's behind Opera. And there are some performances that just give me the chills (and often tears) ... like Pavarotti doing Nessun Dorma from Turandot ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONUCPKdGcrk

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 12:08 PM
I went to a party Saturday night. An old friend that I use to work with has about 80 acres out in the country. He throws a big cookout once or twice a year. I usually bring the music, he has a small FM radio he uses, but doesn't have a lot of volume. So I bring my jam box. I started out playing some CW, then moved on to some Lynerd Skynerd, Marshall Tucker. Some of the ladies wanted to switch back to some C&W. Well I thought, now is as good a time as ever. I popped in Susan Tedeschi's new CD. The crowd got a little quiet. About the third song, it was still quiet. Then the People song came on and everyone asked at the same time WHO IS THAT??
I love turning people on to good music, especially the folks that are clearly Country music fans.












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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 02:10 PM
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opera beats the pants off of rap and hip hop



and opera-rap is even better...

it ain't over till the fat lady with a grill sings.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 02:46 PM
It takes awhile for opera to start HTN but it does. I like Italian Operas. Check out Paul Potts a Brittish Idol Winner.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 02:59 PM
Not crazy about opera, but I like symphony alright. Must be because I have band kids.

Paul Potts, who was on Britain's Got Talent.....that was pretty moving.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 03:30 PM
Wake me when the fat lady is done singing!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 06:09 PM
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Cooperstown, NY, is not only home to the baseball HOF but has an opera festival July-August which is a big deal.

http://www.glimmerglass.org/


I've attended some performances at Glimmerglass Opera. I'm not a great opera fan, but I love the theatricality of the productions. And this is a beautiful region of NY state--Last of the Mohicans territory.

 

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Not crazy about opera, but I like symphony alright. Must be because I have band kids.

Paul Potts, who was on Britain's Got Talent.....that was pretty moving.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA

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Thats great isnt it

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 07:25 PM
I have Wagner's Ring Cycle recorded at the Wagner Festival on DVD

love it.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 07:30 PM
THe Washington Opera is doing the Wagner Ring cycle this year. Starting this week.

 

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