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Old 06-17-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Fort Bend County, TX/USA/Mississauga, ON/Canada
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I realize that opera music is often viewed as "stuffy" or "elitist" (God forbid!)...I am a classically trained soprano & have been singing since I was about 14 years old. I have only had the opportunity to attend one opera though & that was Rigoletto when I was 17, I have sung at many events since that time though & have not gained "primadonna" status (LOL!)

Anyways, if anyone on C-D does listen to opera? Which operas do you prefer? German, Italian, French? Wagner, Puccini? Who are some of your favorite performers & some of your favorite operas?? I'm interested to hear in what some of you have to say...I know that as someone in my twenties, opera is not very highly regarded as far as popular music goes but it is still something very near & dear to my heart.


Thanks for your responses!
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I like some German opera, especially Richard Strauss and Wagner. I'm a tubist/bass trombonist, so I have to because of the great low brass parts!
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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I like some German opera, especially Richard Strauss and Wagner. I'm a tubist/bass trombonist, so I have to because of the great low brass parts!
Wagner is cool, I remember checking out his music when I was a little kid taking piano lessons, but here's my take on opera........

I appreciate it as an artform, and opera singers are EXTREMELY talented.

Opera is not easy to sing and I think opera singers are really held to a higher standard than what most recording artists are, as most of the time, opera singers are singing live in front of a more demanding audience.

That said, though, you really won't catch me going to an opera or listening to the music when I'm at home.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Don't know much about Opera, but listen to it every Saturday afternoon on the CBC Radio 2. They do a good job of talking about the performance and the performers, and interviewing them, in a way that even a opera hater, can enjoy and learn from.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I love opera, actually I love music full stop. I started listening to opera when I was 20, infact it started with love for requiems, I love them and have been collecting them since then. Opera music is amazing, it overwhelms me. Some of my fav opera are by Puccin - especially la boheme, Gluck, Berlioz, Morzat, Rossin, Verdi. A few of my fav opera are Saint Saens samson et dalila, Giordano Andre Chenier Illica, La boheme by Puccin, Carmen by Rossin. To me french operas are the best. But I am still learning. I dont play any instruments and do have never been to an opera concert, I just by the music, read notes and the stories on the opera. But man I love that music.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My personal favorite is Madam Butterfly with Un Bel Di as the song of songs. : )

I also like Wagner but I can only take him in small doses. His music is a bit overwhelming.

Of his work I would pick Tristan und Isolde as my favorite.

I really don't know much about opera but I do know what I like. I'm the same with the art of painting. Show me an impressionist work and I will undoubtably like it. : )
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Right Here
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Not a big fan of Wagner.
My favorite music is Mozart's. He was a genius. Nothing like it.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Gramercy, NY
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I second Mozart's genius!

I actually saw Carmen. Loved it!

It's the only opera I've been to!
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: SW Indiana
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It's total immersion, total passion, and the good guys don't always win.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:04 PM
 
Location: miami, fla. enjoying the relative cool, for now ;)
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