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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    That sounds awful.

    Are you completely recovered now?
    Yes. My lungs were recovered after a couple weeks but I lost about 14 pounds and when you lose it that quick it takes muscle. I weighed around 170 for a long time then finally crept up to 180 after a couple years and being on a higher fat (good fat) diet. At 6'1" 170 is a bit thin. Johnny Cash had pneumonia several times in the couple years before he died and in an interview he said, "pneumonia takes the strength out of your legs."
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Yes. My lungs were recovered after a couple weeks but I lost about 14 pounds and when you lose it that quick it takes muscle. I weighed around 170 for a long time then finally crept up to 180 after a couple years and being on a higher fat (good fat) diet. At 6'1" 170 is a bit thin. Johnny Cash had pneumonia several times in the couple years before he died and in an interview he said, "pneumonia takes the strength out of your legs."
    I didn't know that. I thought it just affected your lungs.

    Pleased you're OK now.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I didn't know that. I thought it just affected your lungs.

    Pleased you're OK now.
    Guess it depends how much weight you lose but that would be a secondary effect of course. I think the reason I lost so much weight is I just didn't feel like eating much.
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    Why is it in a live performance, someone in the audience always coughs, but you never hear of or see the musicians or the singers coughing during the performance (exceptions such as Violetta allowed).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Why is it in a live performance, someone in the audience always coughs, but you never hear of or see the musicians or the singers coughing during the performance (exceptions such as Violetta allowed).


    I wish I knew!

    It almost seems like a nervous reaction rather than an actual bad cough. Another recent annoyance is plastic water bottles being dropped. People should be allowed to bring in water but for goodness sake keep hold of it.
    "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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    I had worse; a pocket of coins. They didn't all crash out together but instead slowly dropped out one by one and each decided to spin around on the floor while challenging motion physics and simple harmonic motion to the limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post


    I wish I knew!

    It almost seems like a nervous reaction rather than an actual bad cough. Another recent annoyance is plastic water bottles being dropped. People should be allowed to bring in water but for goodness sake keep hold of it.
    At the Hansel and Gretel performance the other night a baby started crying a couple of times. Thankfully, someone took the baby out each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I had worse; a pocket of coins. They didn't all crash out together but instead slowly dropped out one by one and each decided to spin around on the floor while challenging motion physics and simple harmonic motion to the limits.


    How awful
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    At the Hansel and Gretel performance the other night a baby started crying a couple of times. Thankfully, someone took the baby out each time.
    I can understand taking a young child to a performance if that child is well-behaved and not likely to become bored or restless. But a baby??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I can understand taking a young child to a performance if that child is well-behaved and not likely to become bored or restless. But a baby??
    Yep. Opera is a dangerous place for babies. Look at what happened to the one in Il Trovatore!
    "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 Florestan View Post
    Why is it in a live performance, someone in the audience always coughs, but you never hear of or see the musicians or the singers coughing during the performance (exceptions such as Violetta allowed).
    Well, we don't see the musicians and singers coughing during the performance because, understandably, opera singers run from upper respiratory infections like the devil runs from the cross, given that these infections will affect their livelihood, so, I suppose that whoever is sick, is kind enough to the colleagues and the artists to call in sick instead of showing up coughing and infecting everybody.

    Then, you need to think that opera audiences are usually a bit older... the very folks who suffer from chronic medical conditions. Therefore, there is always someone coughing.

    I think that if the person has a really bad cough, he/she should be kind enough to other audience members, to stay home. But the occasional cough, I think, comes with the territory of a full house with plenty of senior citizens.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    This is doing the rounds on social media and I thought I'd post mine here. Please do add your own.

    OPERA I DISLIKE: Any/all Wagner. I have tried, honest.

    OPERA I THINK IS OVERRATED: Il barbiere di Siviglia

    OPERA I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Boito's Mefistofole

    OPERA I LOVE: Simon Boccanegra

    OPERA I COULD LISTEN TO ON REPEAT: Simon Boccanegra, Boris Godunov, Attila, Macbeth.

    OPERA I STILL WANT TO DO: I don't sing but if I could it would be Violetta (La Traviata)

    OPERA THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Macbeth. First opera I studied in depth before I saw it live. Became passionate about studying/understanding opera before seeing it live.

    GUILTY PLEASURE: None. Not embarrassed to still love ABC

    OPERA I SHOULD HAVE SEEN BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T: Boris Godunov
    "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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    OPERA I DISLIKE: La Rondine

    OPERA I THINK IS OVERRATED: Madama Butterfly

    OPERA I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Iolanta

    OPERA I LOVE: Les Troyens

    OPERA I COULD LISTEN TO ON REPEAT: Eugene Onegin

    OPERA I STILL WANT TO DO: La Fanciulla del West - I've given thought to training up to be in an opera chorus.

    OPERA THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: La Traviata - The one that cemented my opera-a-week habit.

    GUILTY PLEASURE: Candide - I don't really believe in guilty pleasures, but I think I'm *supposed* to feel guilty about loving certain musicals

    OPERA I SHOULD HAVE SEEN BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T: Die Frau ohne schatten, From the House of the Dead, Mefistofele

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    I can only answer four of the questions at this time.


    OPERA I THINK IS UNDERRATED: La Sonnambula

    OPERA I LOVE: La Sonnambula

    OPERA I COULD LISTEN TO ON REPEAT: Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, La Sonnambula, Martha.

    OPERA THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Fidelio
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    My picks:

    OPERA I DISLIKE: Another Brick in the Wall. Lots of evident talent here, but the whole left me cold.

    OPERA I THINK IS OVERRATED: I honestly can't think of one. The fact that I'm not wild about a particular work doesn't mean it's overrated.

    OPERA I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII

    OPERA I LOVE: Fidelio

    OPERA I COULD LISTEN TO ON REPEAT: Fidelio, including the 1805 original; just about any Mozart opera; Rigoletto

    OPERA I STILL WANT TO DO: I can't sing, so I suppose this might be an opera I'd still like to get acquainted with. There are a lot of those, but I suppose either Verdi's Falstaff or Donizetti's Roberto Devereux would be at the top of the list. (But then there's Nabucco, and La Fille du Régiment and . . . )

    OPERA THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: I fell in love with Die Zauberflöte when I was just a crumb-cruncher. For me, it was more a case of singers who changed my life. Fritz Wunderlich really made me fall in love with opera, and Siegfried Jerusalem enabled me to appreciate Wagner's operas. Gundula Janowitz probably gets the blame for my Fidelio obsession.

    GUILTY PLEASURE: In this day of historically-informed performance practice, it would probably be my penchant for listening to Baroque operas with tenors or baritones singing the castrato roles. Ditto Massenet's Cendrillon with a tenor Prince Charming, and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi with a tenor Romeo.

    OPERA I SHOULD HAVE SEEN BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T: Guillaume Tell

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