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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I recently had an argument with NZ opera who have decided this year's season will consist only of Sweeney Todd and the Magic Flute. I expressed disappointment that we had gone from two operas a year to one opera and a musical and they insisted that they were bringing opera to the masses and that opera singers were going to be taking the roles in Sweeney Todd and that Bryn Terfel said it was pretty good(I think that means that they think it's an opera) I've been thinking about it and my argument now would be that Sweeney Todd is a musical because it is plot-led rather than music-led, and because actors can take the main roles as easily as opera singers. The Magic Flute, which as a singspiel shares some characteristics with modern musicals (most importantly the use of dialogue) is still an opera because only trained opera singers can take the main roles.
    I now feel bad for being less than an hours overall travel from the ROH (on a bad day) and also the ENO. It makes me realize how lucky I am to live so close to both houses that leave me a rather large selection.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I now feel bad for being less than an hours overall travel from the ROH (on a bad day) and also the ENO. It makes me realize how lucky I am to live so close to both houses that leave me a rather large selection.
    Don't you worry about me. I had about 6 years in London in the 80s with season tickets first to ENO when I was starting out in opera and then to ROH. In the gods, but still, season tickets.

    But I would say, take advantage while you can. You might end up on the other side of the world with an opera and a musical every year!
    Natalie

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    I think one of the most amazing things about opera is that it combines all of the fine arts into one production - sometimes more, sometimes less, but it is all-encompassing. Music has definitely evolved over time and quantity over quality seems to be a continuing trend, but you can either eat a big mac with fries and some pepsi or you can have a filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes, seasoned vegetables and a glass of champagne...one you scarf down to fill up and the other one you eat slowly to enjoy life!


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    I found an interesting article introducing opera in Q and A form:
    http://web.augsburg.edu/~hopingar/Interlude.htm
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I found an interesting article introducing opera in Q and A form:
    http://web.augsburg.edu/~hopingar/Interlude.htm
    My favourite sentence from this article:

    It’s amazing how many singers look good with antlers
    Natalie

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    The article grabbed me right up front with this amusing summary of one of my favorite operas,

    The Flying Dutchman about a guy who has been doomed to sail the seas until he can find a woman who is willing to fling herself off of a fjord to save his soul--and where he actually finds a girl who does it.
    and on castrati,

    Most people now donít enjoy the incongruity of hearing a soprano voice coming out of a man though.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I found an interesting article introducing opera in Q and A form:
    http://web.augsburg.edu/~hopingar/Interlude.htm
    vocal chords


    (pedant, I know ... )

    They can't smoke ...


    Interesting and fun piece though.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My favourite sentence from this article:
    "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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