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    Reading history is fascinating. I wish I had paid more attention at skool and spent less time trying to carve my name on the inside of the desk top/sleeping while pretending to find a book in the desk...

    I thank opera for bringing all these wonderful stories back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I would have liked to have heard that. In another world where I speak German of course.

    Did it include "Handel was naturalized as a British citizen by the King himself. That would be George of Hanover..."?

    No, but I thought about all the things I should've said while I was walking home after class. I also wanted to talk about how the soloists rarely are ideal when attending performances of Messiah, but forgot that as well. But then, I would have had to figure out how to say it in German spontaneously and that would have been an adventure. I'd have to probably start by diagramming the sentence...

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    Opera singer who dropped dead on stage at the end of the performance (from this page, which has a lot of interesting opera links/information):

    "Martha" teems with melody. The best known airs are "The Last Rose of Summer" and Lionel’s "M’appari" (Like a dream). The best ensemble piece, a quintet with chorus, occurs near the close of Act III. -- "Ah! che a voi perdoni Iddio" (Ah! May Heaven to you grant pardon). The spinning-wheel quartet in Act II, is most sprightly. But, as indicated, there is a steady flow of light and graceful melody in this opera. Almost at the very opening of Act I, Lady Harriet and Nancy have a duet, "Que sto duol che si v’affano" (Of the knights so brave and charming). Bright, clever music abounds in the Richmond fair scene, and Lionel and Plunkett express their devotion to each other in "Solo, profugo, regetto" (Lost, prescribed, a friendless wanderer), and "Ne giammai saper potemmo" (Never have we learned his station). Then there is the gay quartet when the two girls leave the fair with their masters, while the crowd surrounds Sir Tristan and prevents him from breaking through and interfering. It was in this scene that the bass snger Castelmary, the Sir Tristan of a performance of "Martha" at the Metropolitan Opera House, February 10, 1897, was stricken with heart failure and dropped dead upon the stage.
    One not familiar with the opera might, at first, just wonder if that was part of the act.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    La forza del destino has such a history of misfortunes — including an earthquake, the invasion of Poland and Leonard Warren dropping dead on stage right after singing Morir, tremenda cosa — that during sometime people reportedly refused to say its name out loud to avoid the Forza jinx and called it La potenza del fato instead.

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    Faces in the crowd - opera supernumeraries. I would love to do this!!

    http://www.schmopera.com/faces-in-th...pernumeraries/

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    Oh codswallop! It took two hundred and seventy-eight years for one of my favourite operas to be performed in the UK and I miss it

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/mu...c-opera-ballet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh codswallop! It took two hundred and seventy-eight years for one of my favourite operas to be performed in the UK and I miss it

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/mu...c-opera-ballet
    Oh bummy, especially as it looks so beautiful.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh codswallop! It took two hundred and seventy-eight years for one of my favourite operas to be performed in the UK and I miss it
    Hopefully, at least, after all that time, they got it right.

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    What to wear? What do you think?

    I don't care what people wear as long as they're quiet but quiet or not I wouldn't like to sit beside people eating burgers and french fries.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ning-t-shirts/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    What to wear? What do you think?

    I don't care what people wear as long as they're quiet but quiet or not I wouldn't like to sit beside people eating burgers and french fries.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ning-t-shirts/
    And, so long as they wear something!
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Which raises the question: have you ever enjoyed opera IN THE NUDE? Be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Which raises the question: have you ever enjoyed opera IN THE NUDE? Be honest.
    YES! In the bath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    What to wear? What do you think?

    I don't care what people wear as long as they're quiet but quiet or not I wouldn't like to sit beside people eating burgers and french fries.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ning-t-shirts/
    Oh dear they are going to have to put up with whatever I can dig out from the suitcase! But I can guarantee I won't eat McDonalds. Or bring a bath.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh dear they are going to have to put up with whatever I can dig out from the suitcase! But I can guarantee I won't eat McDonalds. Or bring a bath.
    An important question is, does La Scala have air conditioning? Because if there's none and it's 30C, there's no way I'm paying you for the privilege of dressing up and sitting still for 4 hours in your sweatbox. As for the eating of McDonald's, is the eating (during the interval!) the problem or is it that McDonald's is insufficiently upscale for La Scala? Asking for a friend

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