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    Hello from Detroit, Michigan :)

    I listen to all kinds of music and have lately been drawn to opera. I have yet to see one in person but I plan to very soon. The more I learn about opera, adding to my collection, I'm more drawn in each time.

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    Hello CosmicStorm and welcome to the forum!

    What operas have you heard so far?
    "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."
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    Welcome from another Michigan resident. This is a great place to learn about opera. We welcome questions and are a pretty knowledgeable group of opera nuts.

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    Welcome from another opera nut in Detroit. Live sounds good, but just like a baseball game, you see more on video. However, I would not hesitate going to the Michigan Opera Theatre if they put on a good traditional production of one of my favorite operas.

    I also would love to go to one that is a concert performance. In fact, last February they did a concert performance of William Tell at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. I could not go as my schedule was too tight and we had just been there for Messiah a few days before.

    My favorite Operas:
    Fidelio,
    Der fliegende Hollander,
    La Cenerentola,
    La Fille du Regiment,
    L'elisir d'amore,
    La Sonnambula,
    La Gazza Ladra,
    Martha,
    La Serva Padrona.

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    Hi CosmicStorm (I like the user name; looking forward to seeing an avatar to go with that)

    Welcome to opera and to the forum

    I'm a nut

    a baroque nut.

    Florestan is just a nut full stop. You can tell by his avatar (picture).

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    The Michigan Opera Theatre is doing Verdi's Macbeth soon. I am unsure of the exact date(s). It is a very good experience. There is a new Blu ray of it out which (for me at least) is one of the best operatic experiences I have had. You might consider attending the live performance, and if you cannot, try the Blu ray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Live sounds good, but just like a baseball game, you see more on video.
    I must qualify that statement. As I recall from the days I attended a number of operas at the Michigan Opera Theater back in the 1980s, there were no bad seats. The balconies were right on top of the stage because the theatre was very short from front to back, so you were close no matter where you sat. However, it seems like maybe they have moved to a different location since the 1980s.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I must qualify that statement. As I recall from the days I attended a number of operas at the Michigan Opera Theater back in the 1980s, there were no bad seats. The balconies were right on top of the stage because the theatre was very short from front to back, so you were close no matter where you sat. However, it seems like maybe they have moved to a different location since the 1980s.
    It is a bit larger now, but my major issue with the MOT is that the quality of the stage production swings from the ridiculous to the sublime, with "ridiculous" being the more frequent. Il Barbiere was slapstick to the point of being crude, while the Merry Widow was fairly well done. They generally get tier two singers, most of whom are quite good, so it's a shame to see them wasted on poor productions. I may give Macbeth a shot, since it was my first opera many years ago, and is still a fave, as noted elsewhere.

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    Welcome aboard!

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    Welcome, Storm. Here's hoping your interest in opera becomes a full-blown passion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Welcome, Storm. Here's hoping your interest in opera becomes a full-blown passion.
    But not OCD or you'll end up like me! Well no, even OCD won't make you like me. I am beyond.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Welcome to Opera Lively!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    But not OCD or you'll end up like me! Well no, even OCD won't make you like me. I am beyond.
    There, there, you're really not so . . .

    Nope. I got nothing.

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    Hi Cosmic,

    Welcome to OL!

    This is a great place to learn and expand your knowledge. Everyone here is friendly and eager to share what they know - just your average, everyday group of opera lovers still trying to figure out why it's taking the rest of the world so long to catch up with the greatest of art forms!

    Btw, what's in the water up there in Detroit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Hi Cosmic,

    Welcome to OL!

    This is a great place to learn and expand your knowledge. Everyone here is friendly and eager to share what they know - just your average, everyday group of opera lovers still trying to figure out why it's taking the rest of the world so long to catch up with the greatest of art forms!

    Btw, what's in the water up there in Detroit?
    The water is clear, wet and in liquid form as of this writing.

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