As my name suggests I am an opera fan some would say an opera buff. As a child my Great Aunt Sophie delighted in taking me to hear the Carl Rosa Touring Company and the Doyley Carte as well as to Operetta. So a broad education you might say.
I still love G and S and some of the operettas popular in the 20th century.
Some years later a friend introduced me to the ENO and other London companies as he thought I was stuck in the Mozartian groove! Not so but he widened my knowledge and introduced me to many operas.Now sadly dead I owe him a great deal in expanding my enjoyment.
I still am a great Mozart lover but enjoy so much more. I have just been listening to two contrasting works on the same Shakespearian theme.Both accompanied by the Orchestra of the Enlightenment Purcell's opera seria the Faerie Queen and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. They could not be more different but both are magical,enthralling and entrancing. Not quite Shakespeare as he wrote it but nevertheless perfect viewing during the last few summery days.
So here's to the start of a thread on opera and operetta
I am not as much of an opera buff as some - my colleagues, for instance, one of whom is an operatic mezzo and another of whom is an opera conductor! Rossini is a big workplace favourite, though we are also subjected to plenty of Baroque rarities whenever they are released by record companies.
I'm more of a choral person, but I do enjoy live opera. There aren't enough opportunities round here to go to the opera, but I like it when I get the chance.
What is your opinion on opera in English, Pa-pa-pa-papagena? I'm a big fan, personally, though I know that's an unpopular opinion!
It depends Artemis mostly I prefer listening in the original language with or without sur titles. Something can be lost in translation for me but I am a happy bunny just listening and looking. Ironically one of my favourite DVDs is a Swedish production of the Magic Flute and it does not matter about the Swedish translation.It is just magical.
I must confess I have only seen The Marriage of Figaro Live but I have watched a couple of operas on the Television. My favourite is Tosca. So very sad 😔. My husband loves Ballet and has seen a few productions at our local Theatre.
I believe in listening to all kinds of music. I am quite eclectic in my taste, everything from Beethoven to the Beatles, Dvorak to Doris Day.
Sounds like I am a right pompous nerd, sorry. I just like lots of forms (apart from Rap)
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Post by goodlookingone on Dec 25, 2019 22:22:12 GMT
Never taken to Opry, Nor to Ballet, But Selective classical music is fine - Best par of The EU, is Ode to Joy. ... and "Pop" music ended in the early 1960's. It does seem to me that Cinema themes (however weird the storylines are) is the nearest thing to Music that we have now.
Other than rap and country music, neither of which are my particular kidney, I love most forms of musical stuff, including opera although I've only been to one live performance, which was Glyndebourne Touring opera doing Eugene Onegin. Loved every minute. I absolutely love ballet and the annual treat for my mum and I is a visit to Birmingham's Nutcracker, imho the best production there is. Lost count of how many we've seen as we've been going since Birmingham Royal Ballet created their production as a thank you for the people of Birmingham.
I don't know about that particular venue, but I think outdoor concerts still take place. I like opera, and have been so see Carmen, Faust and Don Giovanni. But my favourites have to be G&S. It was a shared interest in their operettas that brought OH and me together. He had played in orchestras for so many productions. I've sung in Pinafore, directed The Gondoliers a d done the lighting for Pirates, Trial by Jury and Patience.