Opera

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Garek, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Horas

    Horas pointyhead

    this is the best opera i every heard

     
  2. Betsy

    Betsy Well-Known Member

    I LOVE every single second of it ...it is a joyous listen!
     
  3. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Where was that? Front row seats at the Bristol Hippodrome are about forty quid.
     
  4. SovietArmy

    SovietArmy Well-Known Member

    Happy to keep again in life opera treat. Just wish to share I had watched on youtube few operas. Madam Baterfly is film opera, again watched Tosca absolutely love it.
     
  5. SovietArmy

    SovietArmy Well-Known Member

    Sadly this treat is almost dead, wish to keep going for those whom love operas.
    Król Roger to be live streamed on 16 May 2015
    Kasper Holten's new Royal Opera production of Szymanowski's epic will be streamed on YouTube and a new Digital Platform from Opera Europa.

    I would not call masterpiece but interesting opera.

    I would advice to listening Will Self Can a production ever rupture opera's moneyed bourgeois complacency? Will Self argues that opera cannot be as subversive in the 21st century as it once was. Brilliant.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rPqlMsyZoug
     
  6. Opera Buffa

    Opera Buffa griddling



    Nixon in China, set during his 1972 visit and all on Youtube. It's in English so you even know what they are singing about :cool:
    It is still quite heavy going though, tbh I haven't watched the entire thing. I find with opera I want to enjoy it more than I truthfully do, but there are some brilliant songs in this.
     
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  7. Opera Buffa

    Opera Buffa griddling



    John Adams' The Chairman Dances, with images from the revolutionary Chinese ballet, The Red Detachment of Women. The ballet was used as inspiration for the third act dance scenes in Adams' opera, Nixon In China.


    This was performed for Nixon when he visited China. The first three minutes are incredible I think, propaganda posters come to life, dreamlike.
     
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  8. Opera Buffa

    Opera Buffa griddling

    Last bit of John Adams, I promise! But as to whether opera can be a contemporary, subversive art form, these are both beautiful, artistic, (apologetic, kitsch, camp?) American treatments of Communism and apocalyptic Middle Eastern rhetoric, unlike anything you will encounter in other media.





     
  9. Opera Buffa

    Opera Buffa griddling




    Okay last, last bit. There was a criticism (I think well founded, in light of how good this is) that the 1985 performance of Nixon in China used white actors to portray Chinese characters, on the basis that there weren't enough Asian opera singers and ballet dancers. Not true! Hence this.
     
  10. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    The last opera I saw was Nabucco ( I see its already mentioned), this chorus is sublime and wil drive me to tears




    To encourage my other half to get into opera ( though not classical i know) we are of to G&S The Pirates of Penzance at the Colesium directed by Mike Leigh. apart from composers already mentioned, I dont recall seeing Rossini mentioned.
     
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    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

  12. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    As well as the cinema showings they do big screen relays as well - we have been to a few in Millenium Square, Bristol. Annoyingly though this year they are showing La Boheme twice (and they showed it last year as well!) with no sign of Tosca or Madama Butterfly. La Boheme is OK but the two best arias are in the first act and then I get bored and fall asleep.
     
  13. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    IT'S JUST VOWELS!
     
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  14. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Some tunes are good but going to the opera, / opera as a medium for conveying a story, bollocks IMO. Been to 2, was bored at both. To give some perspective, I hate musicals too but like a good play.
     
  15. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    So there I was at the Collesium last night to see the pirates; more of a musical, I know, but was reminded how difficult this piece is, imagine singing this without tripping up!
     
  16. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    I can see myself getting quite into going to cinema showings... much cheaper, see it close up, interesting features in the interval. Saw Andrea Chenier at my mum's local cinema at the start of the year, it was excellent.
     
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  17. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

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  18. SovietArmy

    SovietArmy Well-Known Member

    Funny last night I watched
    L'Orfeo absolutely loved. From Royal opera house, is on youtube and is free wonderful and got English subtitles even singing in English.
     
  19. SovietArmy

    SovietArmy Well-Known Member

    ops sorry for big letters.
     
  20. SovietArmy

    SovietArmy Well-Known Member

    In Nottingham on July will be opera BP big screen, my husband not keen to go if anybody wish to come with me we could have good company with some drinks. Many thanks
     
  21. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

  22. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

  23. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry


    oh christ my heart may burst........
    This love, then they have hate, ah shit......
     
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  24. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry


    tho not an official opera, very operatic
    poor old Henry died so young........
     
  25. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

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  26. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I unexpectedly got tickets to Opera
    North and went to see two one act operas by Puccini - Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Really enjoyed it, esp Suor Angelica which was very moving.
    Going to see Der Rosenkavalier tomorrow
     
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  27. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

  28. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

  29. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    So do people go to opera to see a theatrical show that happens to have some singing in it, or do they go to see some singing that happens to be part of a theatrical show :confused:
     
  30. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    they go cos they like opera. mind you, i imagine many listen to it at home without seeing the theatre aspect of it, but would probably not want to watch it on telly with the sound turned off
     

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