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    30-Day Opera Challenge

    You've asked for it! You've waited for it! And now, at last, you've got it!

    It's the official Opera Lively 30-Day Opera Challenge!

    The idea is simple: answer one question a day, for thirty days, and see how your responses compare to everyone else's. Feel free to include pics or videos to illustrate your answers.

    Don't be shy about joining in, even if you're new here (the site has only been in existence for a month--we're *all* new here!). There are no wrong answers; this is just a fun way to get to know each other!

    If you're coming to this thread late, no problem. To get caught up, you can write a post answering as many of the earlier questions as you want, then join in the daily discussions from there.

    So, without further ado, let's begin!

    1. Sexiest opera character.
    2. Most confusing opera.
    3. Singer you'd rather hear than see.
    4. Funniest mistaken-identity scene.
    5. Opera you would direct and the movie you would use as the concept.
    6. Most annoying opera character.
    7. Best opera on religious themes.
    8. Most overrated singer.
    9. Best father/son scene in opera.
    10. Worst historcial anachronism in an opera.
    11. Best "character" tenor role.
    12. Opera you'd like to see as a big blockbuster movie.
    13. Opera you don't recommend for a newbie.
    14. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern opera?
    15. Best villainous scheming scene.
    16. Opera house you'd like to visit someday.
    17. Opera singer you just can't stand.
    18. Worst mother in opera.
    19. Best movie about opera.
    20. Opera you've seen/heard the most times.
    21. Your most compulsive opera-related purchase.
    22. Opera most in need of cuts.
    23. Best mother/daughter scene in opera.
    24. Worst live opera performance you've ever seen.
    25. Best opera based on Greek mythology.
    26. Your most embarrassing opera moment.
    27. Singer you'd rather see than hear.
    28. Best opera for children.
    29. Worst father in opera.
    30. Opera you have finally learned to love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    1. Sexiest opera character.
    I'd say it's rather bad idea to start off with such insipid question but, och, well.

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    Like I said, folks, everyone has an opinion!

    Let's hear some more!

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    1. Sexiest opera character.

    In my youth, I was attracted to the 'femme fatale' type, so I would have answered Lulu or Lady Macbeth.

    Now, as a rather mature heterosexual man, I'm going instead for Tatyana, and would sing this aria (in some forty years from now):

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    How about the classical personification of sexuality--the goddess Venus? We can see her as brought to life in Wagner's Tannhäuser, here sung by the redoubtable Waltraud Meier.

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    1. Sexiest opera character

    Escamillo

    Especially when sung by the Siberian Fox himself

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    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    As much as recent showings of Violetta with Anna Netrebko and Kristine Opolais made for some of the hottest scenes in opera blu-rays and video clips, we're talking the character, not the performer, so I'll have to fully agree with Amfortas, that Venus the character in Tannhauser is *supposed* to be the sexiest goddess, so I'll vote for her too. Runners-up: Salome. Lulu, Manon, Thais, and the Queen of Shemakha from The Golden Cocquerel.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); January 12th, 2012 at 02:25 AM.
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    2. Most confusing opera.

    It's a conventional answer, but I'll go with Il Trovatore. It's not that the plot is *really* that hard to understand, but the jumps in time and location can make it difficult for a first-time listener to piece together.

    Plus, if you're unable to take any of the story seriously, you won't make the effort in the first place!

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    1. Sexiest opera character

    Here's another vote for Cavaradossi (especially when sung by a certain Bavarian tenor!)

    2. Most confusing opera

    For me, many of the baroque operas would qualify, with their multiple pairs of lovers (A loves B, who loves C, who has only eyes for D, who is the sister of C and suffering from unrequited love for A, who is the mortal enemy of C . . . ). Remembering the relationships between/among all of these characters can be a challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    For me, many of the baroque operas would qualify, with their multiple pairs of lovers (A loves B, who loves C, who has only eyes for D, who is the sister of C and suffering from unrequited love for A, who is the mortal enemy of C . . . ). Remembering the relationships between/among all of these characters can be a challenge!
    Sounds like one of Schigolch's quizzes!

    You're right, and it's always interesting when they add love interests and other complications to operas based on, say, Shakespeare or Greek tragedy. You'd think the original works would be compelling enough, but there was a much freer attitude toward adaptation back then.

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    2. Most confusing opera

    Der Mond, by Carl Orff.

    At least, I was really confused after hearing this opera. Here it's complete in youtube:

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    Day 2: Wolfgang Fortner's Die Bluthochzeit
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'm going to vote for: 'any baroque opera that you try to understand by reading a synopsis of the plot.' I'd made several abortive attempts to try to read a synopsis of Rodelinda. Every time, my eyes glazed over, and I stumbled away. But the opera itself, staged, with subtitles, made the relationships perfectly understandable.

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    A synopsis is rarely good. I don't like them. I mean, why do we need them? Some sort of short cut? Some sort of summary of the plot, without all the nuances, all the musical tone painting? An opera is *so much* more than a summary of the plot! And then, a synopsis is a spoiler. When I approach a new opera (new to me) I want to be surprised. When you go to a movie theater to see a movie, you're not given a printout with the entire plot summarized for you. Why in the hell did opera get into the synopsis business???

    Oh well, I think I'll make of this a new thread. It's worth discussing.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'll go for Don Carlo

    What really happens at the end? Does Carlo just die or does he disappear through some sort of time portal? Is Carlo V the gate guardian? Who knows.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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