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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Who was once engaged to Anna Netrebko:
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    Um... I'm thinking if we all leave the AN posts to Almaviva...

    we'll probably have enough posts for her.

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    Odds are 1/68 that he can (and probably will) post something about AN for every letter.

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    And Captain, this is not a challenge.

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    B is for Brindisi

    A term derived from an old German toast, is a drinking song where after a toast is offered the other party members respond.

    The most popular songs include

    Libiamo ne' lieti calici, from La Traviata

    Il segreto di esser felice, from Lucrezia Borgia

    Si colmi il calice, from Macbeth

    ...

    Just out of respect for the host, I pretty much always have a drink at hand during these songs.

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    B is for Beethoven.



    He only wrote one opera (or three versions of one opera), but Fidelio is part of the mainstream repertoire, whereas the works of some of his contemporaries who wrote more than 100 operas have largely been forgotten.

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    Benjamin Britten

    I found him difficult to get into at first but I'm really learning to appreciate him now.

    Nat said recently that one of the great things about following specific singers is that they can lead you to discover all sorts of lovely pieces. 18 months ago, I wouldn't have considered going to see a Britten opera but I wanted to hear my favourite bass so I went to see him in The Church Parables which were being performed as part of the centenary of Britten's birth.

    This is one of the originals

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    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    B is for Billy Budd, one of the above's greatest operas, and a wonderful study of tormented evil (Claggart), joyful innocence (Billy) and the failure to do the right thing in the face of "duty to authority" (Vere). Sung by an all-male cast, there are some beautiful melodies, none more touching than Billy's simple musings in his last hour before he is hanged.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Um... I'm thinking if we all leave the AN posts to Almaviva...

    we'll probably have enough posts for her.
    B if for La Bellissima, of course!

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    Now, since I used A for Anna, then B is also for Barbara Hannigan, awesome soprano, conductor, and dancer who champions contemporary music like nobody. She is also smart and pretty.

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    B = Bonynge, the one man who almost single handedly opened the book of bel canto for us all and made his dear wife a superstar.



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    B is for Brünnhilde, the best character in the world's best opera



    And B is also for Bayreuth, where it all started

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    B is for Karl Böhm and Leonard Bernstein, two of the 20th century's major Maestri who made many outstanding opera recordings, quite a few on the Deutsche Grammophon label.



    And, of course, Bernstein was also a composer who wrote three operas, Trouble in Tahiti, A Quiet Place, and Candide, as well as a number of musicals, the best known of which are West Side Story and On The Town.

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    B is for Body Involuntary Movement

    This manifests itself in a variety of different occasions not particular to opera but music in general.

    The Spine Chill is a very familiar form where there is resonance between the listener and the music being heard, resulting in a dog-shake like syndrome.

    The Arm Flick; particularly common amongst the Italian loggionisti style audience. A sudden gesturing of the arm (mostly the right but on occasion the left) thrust forward as if flicking something horrid off the hand, as a result of immediate displeasure of a performance.

    Shuffle Foot results with one foot without any warning, sliding six inches forward causing a scraping noise to make immediate neighbours in the audience to momentarily glance at you. It is caused by a sudden surge in bio-chemicals by the stimulation of the music or by the fact you were bored out of your skull and were on the way to noddy land. This can occur with over consumption of alcohol preceding the performance or just by over excitement.

    SSM is the term normally used to refer to Sudden Spasm Movement. There has been countless hours of research by many academic institutions that has not been invested in to the research of this but it broadly covers all of the above situations.

    Warble mouth occurs when a non descript burble is spilt from the oral cavity. It normally occurs when such emotions are experienced that an attempt to shout “bravo” just doesn’t work as intended.



    For any of the cases above, it is advised* that medical help is not required, as research has shown that these symptoms broadly occur across all samples of opera audiences within data sample**


    *This is not the view of Opera Lively but of the publisher of this post only.
    **Data sampled was the experience of one particular OL member, who has expressed the wish to remain anonymous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    B is for Body Involuntary Movement

    This manifests itself in a variety of different occasions not particular to opera but music in general.

    The Spine Chill is a very familiar form where there is resonance between the listener and the music being heard, resulting in a dog-shake like syndrome.

    The Arm Flick; particularly common amongst the Italian loggionisti style audience. A sudden gesturing of the arm (mostly the right but on occasion the left) thrust forward as if flicking something horrid off the hand, as a result of immediate displeasure of a performance.

    Shuffle Foot results with one foot without any warning, sliding six inches forward causing a scraping noise to make immediate neighbours in the audience to momentarily glance at you. It is caused by a sudden surge in bio-chemicals by the stimulation of the music or by the fact you were bored out of your skull and were on the way to noddy land. This can occur with over consumption of alcohol preceding the performance or just by over excitement.

    SSM is the term normally used to refer to Sudden Spasm Movement. There has been countless hours of research by many academic institutions that has not been invested in to the research of this but it broadly covers all of the above situations.

    Warble mouth occurs when a non descript burble is spilt from the oral cavity. It normally occurs when such emotions are experienced that an attempt to shout “bravo” just doesn’t work as intended.



    For any of the cases above, it is advised* that medical help is not required, as research has shown that these symptoms broadly occur across all samples of opera audiences within data sampled**


    *This is not the view of Opera Lively but of the publisher of this post only.
    **Data sampled was the experience of one particular OL member, who has expressed the wish to remain anonymous.
    You forgot air conducting (and the uncontrollable urge to do engage in it, to the great chagrin of seat companions). I'm particularly afflicted by this disabling condition.

    PS - The condition is only annoying during live opera. At home, I actually bought a maestro's baton (no kidding, I do own one) so that I can do it properly, while watching a DVD.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    ...B is also for Barbara Hannigan, awesome soprano, conductor, and dancer who champions contemporary music...
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    I think we should expand Barbara Hannigan further.

    She was born in Canada and studied at the university of Toronto and the Conservatory of The Hague (amongst other institutions). There is a very personal and insightful interview with her on Opera Lively. Le Figaro commented on her performance (in Lulu) "...made history ...this woman must come from another planet..." She created the role of woman in George Benjamin's Written on Skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    You forgot air conducting (and the uncontrollable urge to do engage in it...
    Yes, there are also times when you get so excited, a tiny bit of wee wee comes out... but I didn't mention it, did I?



    Oops! Did i just say that out aloud?

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    B is for Bellini, almost certainly deserving of inclusion in the pantheon of the greatest operatic composers and without whom civilization itself likely would be in doubt.

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    B is for Béla Bartók and his Bluebeard's Castle.


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