Any opera fans?

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    Apr 11, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I know this may be a niche group, and maybe not a whole lot of opera buffs around thee parts but would be interested in anyone mentioning their favourite opera. Opera experiences, favourite composers, favourite singers etc etc

    As a young opera singer myself, my interest in fitness has come recently from my need to gain physical strength in order to support the sound required for operatic work. Also, there is an argument that opera singers used to be 'fat' because it engaged the right torso muscles for operatic singing supporting the weight. Now, most opera singers need to be incredibly physically fit in order to maintain the same support.

    And here is some eye candy too. Some boring posts but scroll through ;)
    http://barihunks.blogspot.com.au/
  • BmwKid92

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    ohh yeaa

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    k1ng saidohh yeaa



    I frickin love this movie and love this sequence! Coincidentally, I was listening to the original operatic version at the gym today. It's 15minutes of good cardio music icon_biggrin.gif
  • BmwKid92

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    specially when the beat comes in=)=)
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    Loved the video and love opera.
    J
  • bischero

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    Apr 11, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    My favorite opera is Il Barbiere di Seviglia... I simply adore Rossini. I also love Rigoletto, but that one is so depressing. I prefer the opera buffa over the opera seria, myself.
  • musicdude

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    Apr 11, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    I love La Cenerentola with Juan Diego Florez

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    Apr 11, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    k1ng saidohh yeaa


    this! x 1million
  • tazzari

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    Apr 11, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    I grew up with Opera, and both my parents and grandparents were into it. I bought my first opera recording when I was in the 3rd grade- the Reiner/Stevens Carmen.

    I was at the Seattle Opera when Giovanni Martinelli, then 80-something, sang the Emperor in Turandot - and it was the same old voice. What a thrill!

    Desert Island Operas: Marriage of Figaro, Meistersinger, Falstaff

    Favorite singers: Caruso (I have about 2/3 of his records on original 78's), Leonard Warren, Bjoerling, Friedrich Schorr - and about a dozen more if pressed icon_smile.gif

    I play the viola, so these days I listen more to chamber music, but opera remains my "soul music."
  • laxdude25

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    My dad was a big sailor (Naval Academy grad), soccer player/fan, and also an opera buff, so he introduced to all three. My favorite opera by far is the old Met production of Peter Grimes. Other great opera experiences? Turandot performed in the Forbidden City in Beijing; Aida in the Carleton Football Grounds in Melbourne.
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Occasionally I get in the mood for Classical, Opera, and Theater.
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    I love opera, though only baroque and classical. My clear favorites are Handel's "Alcina" and "Rodelinda". Here's an excellent, if a bit pornographic, performance of the former:

  • tegga8

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    Plenty of favourite opera experiences. Tops may be camping in the grounds of the Snape Maltings to hear Harrison Birtwistle's Punch and Judy, when I was a young student.
    Favourite opera composers: Britten, Richard Strauss.
    Favoutie operas, off the top of my head: Ariadne auf Naxos, Billy Budd, Death in Venice, Midsummer Night's Dream, Wozzek, Götterdämmerung, The Midsummer marriage (Tippett)
    Favourite singers: Janet Baker, Natalie Dessay, Joan Sutherland, Russell Oberlin, James King, Gerald Finley (pure sex appeal).
  • leaozinho

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    I love opera too! I was a regular subscriber to Metropolitan Opera and NYC Opera. When I travel I try to see other opera companies around the world.

    One of my best opera experiences was "Hippolyte et Aricie" by Rameau performed by Les Art Florissants at BAM (brooklyn academy of music). Lorraine Hunt (Lieberson) now deceased was Phaedre. It was extraordinary.
    I did see/hear her later before her death at the Met's "Les Troyens"

    I had to cut back on expenses so my opera budget went to $0.

  • tegga8

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    Check this out for a Götterdämmerung Immolation Scene to end them all!

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    Apr 11, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    Most definitely. One of my favorite pieces and which I do listen to on my MP3 at the gym is Sulla tomba che rinserra (Lucia di Lammermoor).
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    Apr 11, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    Love Operettas too.. especially Csardasfurtin and Grafin Maritza by E. Kahlman. Recordings with Aneliesse Rothenburger are the best.
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    Apr 11, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    Don't know much about opera but I love this piece from Madame Butterfly and Maria Callas's voice is just WOW

  • Hulse15

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    Apr 11, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    When I was in college I played Monastatos in the Magic Flute!

    Great experience!
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    Apr 11, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    A must have recording in my book is Emma Kirkby singing Mozarts Exultate Jubilate on the L'oiseau Lyre label.or Decca . Nobody can sing that as well as she can. Not Joan Sutherland, not Kiri Te Kanawa.. no-one. Unfortunately none of it is available on Youtube that I can find,, the live performance of her singing some of it doesn't cut it.

    edit... found some samples

    [url]http://www.kazaa.com/#!/Emma-Kirkby,-The-Academy-Of-Ancient-Music-Chorus,-Choir-Of-Westminster-Cathedral,-The-Academy-of-Ancient-Music-and-Christopher-Hogwood/Mozart:-Exsultate-Jubilate-Motets[/url]
  • Another_Jerem...

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    Apr 11, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    iBake saidI know this may be a niche group, and maybe not a whole lot of opera buffs around thee parts but would be interested in anyone mentioning their favourite opera. Opera experiences, favourite composers, favourite singers etc etc

    As a young opera singer myself, my interest in fitness has come recently from my need to gain physical strength in order to support the sound required for operatic work. Also, there is an argument that opera singers used to be 'fat' because it engaged the right torso muscles for operatic singing supporting the weight. Now, most opera singers need to be incredibly physically fit in order to maintain the same support.

    And here is some eye candy too. Some boring posts but scroll through ;)
    http://barihunks.blogspot.com.au/


    I think the perception that opera singers were fat back in the day is a little out dated. Montserrtat Caballé and Pavarotti were large, but Maria Callas famously lost a substantial amount of weight (allegedly via tap worms) to achieve her legendary svelte figure. And there were others that were beautiful even by today's standards. And some of the most renowned singers today are somewhat rotund.

    Montserrat Caballé

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    Luciano Pavarotti

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    But all of the old schoolers were not big.

    Maria Callas

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    Anna Moffo

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    And all of the people singing now are not little.

    Dolora Zajick

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    Stephanie Blythe

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    Stuart Neill

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    But some of them are . . .

    Natalie Dessay

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    Juan Diego Florez

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    As for notable operatic experiences, there are quite a few. I heard a splendid performance of Rusalka at the MET in 2009 with Renée Fleming as the water nymph and Stephanie Blythe as the witch. There was a magnificent performance of Aida this season with Sondra Radvanovsky, Stepahanie Blythe and Marcello Giordani. (Blythe is one of my absolute favorites!) I heard an exciting performance of Adriana Lecouvreur with Angela Gheorghiu at Carnegie Hall last November. On a regional level, I heard a wonderful Porgy and Bess at Opera Memphis with Kenneth Overton and Kishna Davis. I'll post a few of my favorite singers and composers shortly . . . .
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    Apr 11, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Big Opera Fan. I've been to probably 90+ performances at the Met. Also NY City Opera, Vienna State and now San Francisco.

    Some favorite operas are Die Tote Stadt, Die Frau Ohne Shatten, Salome, Suor Angelica, Turnadot, Parsifal, The Ring cycle, Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Francesca da Rimini, L'Oracolo.

    I remember one performance of Parsifal with Peter Hoffman in the lead. There were two guys behind us. One said "My God, did you hear his voice?" and the other replied, "Hear his voice? Really? Did you see his thighs?!"
  • dms_windsor

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    Apr 11, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    I think the Peter Sellers version of Don Giovanni is brilliant. Dragging the piece into contemporary New York with the inner city cultural mix. Also having two brothers sing the Don and Leporello really does focus the question as to whether Leporello is really the alter ego of Don Giovanni.

    PS if your looking for inspector Clouseau, sorry different Peter sellers.
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    Apr 11, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    hell yeah







    How´s that for non obvious choices? Though, yeah, Crespin singing Wagner.. but hey. it´s sublime.

    Gonzo xx
  • Another_Jerem...

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    Apr 11, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    I love Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. Puccini gets slightly schmaltzy to me after a while, but he has thrilling moments. I love Tchaikovsky and Strauss. Actually, it's all good. As long as it's sung well.

    As for my favorite singers . . oy! From old school peeps, I love Rosa Ponselle, Caruso, Riccardo Stracciari, Nicolai Gedda, Igor Gorin, Pavarotti (yes everyone loves him, but that motherfucker could sing), Leontyne Price, Maria Callas (whose brilliant butterfly was already posted), Mirella Freni, Shirley Verrett, Lucia Popp, Leonard Warren, Richard Tucker, Gosta Windbergh, Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Joan Sutherland, Peter Lindroos, Pavel Lisitsian, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ferderica Von Stade, Giocomo Aragall . .. . eek there are so many.

    As for people singing now or . . .there are not as many. But there are some. Stephanie Blythe, Dolorza Zajick and Joyce DiDonato are as excellent as any of the most famous mezzos from the so-called "Golden Age" of singing. Renée Fleming can be miraculous in the correct repertoire. Lawrence Brownlee and Juan Diego Florez are rock solid "leggiero" tenors. I love Matthew Polenzani's singing. Hei-Kyung Hong is a vastly underrated soprano. Sondra Radvanosvky is the queen of Verdi as of late. I have loved what I've heard of Dwayne Croft. Liping Zhang was stunning as Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly at the MET this season. Gerald Finley, Bryn Terfel and Luca Pisaroni are wonderful baritones/bass-baritones. Eglise Gutierrez, Cecilia Bartoli and Susan Graham rock my socks.

    Enough talk.

    Tenors.

    Wait for the high D at the end!