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Opera?

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Dr. Bob, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. Dr. Bob

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    I love opera, especially some of the powerful and moving arias and choruses.

    Just wondering how many kindred spirits on the BB feel the same way?

    What is your favorite opera?

    What is your favorite aria or chorus?
     
  2. Joshua Rhodes

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    Hehehe... I never would have thought that about you, Bro. Dr. Bob! I'm an opera fan too, and in my early college career, sang in several classic and modern operas. I had the opportunity to sing in Verdi's La Traviata, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Copland's The Tenderland, and a few more... it was quite an experience!

    My favorite opera would have to be Verdi's La Traviata.

    My favorite opera choruses would be "The Promise of Living" and "Stomp Your Foot" from Copland's The Tenderland, and my favorite aria is from The Barber of Seville, the famous "Figaro" aria. I had an opportunity to sing that awesome piece on senior recital in college!

    Anyone else?
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    Okay, I'll play!

    Favorite chorus = "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Tanhausser by Wagner, 1845. Coming back from the Crusades - epitome of Teutonic glory and manhood!
     
  4. John Gilmore

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    What is your favorite opera?

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    What is your favorite aria or chorus?

    Walther von Stolzing's entry in the singing contest
     
  5. Eric B

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    Howz about a rock opera? Bohemian Rhapsody, anyone? :D :D :D
    (I found that song interesting as a kid, but I certainly do not listen to or condone Queen!)
     
  6. stubbornkelly

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    But how is that rock opera? It's a song. [​IMG] Now, if you were talking about Chess, I might concur. :D

    I do like opera. In fact, I studied it in college, both as a vocal performance major and continued my voice lessons as a liberal arts student. I don't know that I have a favorite, though. [​IMG]
     
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    I've heard some opera and don't care for it, but I don't hate it either. Is Les Miserable an opera? I could take that one or leave it as well. I make no move to be pretentious and admit that I love it, because if I said I liked it, I would be lying. For some reason, I love live performance of music, regardless of style, so I'd probably greatly enjoy live opera. If anyone wants to take me to an opera, please buy two tickets, because my wife would really enjoy going as well.

    Jason
     
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    Technically, it's operetta (or opera comique), because there's dialogue. [​IMG]
     
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    Technically, it's operetta (or opera comique), because there's dialogue. [​IMG] </font>[/QUOTE]Thanks Kelly. Now I know who to go to when I have questions regarding Opera/operettas. Is Oklahoma! then an operetta. Before I'm lynched, I'm just kidding.

    Hahahahaha.

    Jason
     
  10. stubbornkelly

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    [​IMG] Cos those questions come up oh so frequently. ;)

    Now, if you want to get technical, Les Miserables is operetta because of the dialogue, but not, strictly speaking, a musical, because the story itself is sung, rather than in something like Oklahoma!, in which the story is told mostly through dialogue and the songs, while relevant and entertaining, aren't necessary to the story's telling. Try taking the music out of Les Miserables - there'd be no story left.
     
  11. Joshua Rhodes

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    Kelly,

    You never cease to amaze me. That's a good thing. [​IMG]

    In His Grip,
    joshua
     
  12. blessedhopeboy

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    I love opera. As to singing it, I never had the chance.

    I have sang some excerpts from Handell's Messiah, though. I absolutley loved it. I am currently writing a song set in the opera style.
     
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