Opera

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

  1. bluescreen

    bluescreen Je est un autre

    When you watch drama on television are you listening to words that happen to have motion pictures or watching motion pictures that happen to have words?
     
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  2. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I've never gone to a gig for the show, be it one of Floyds epic shows, Rammestein or Verdi. Invariably, I'll sit there eyes closed just soaking up the music even though I don't have a clue what they are singing about. This also means I don't see subtitles should there be any.
     
  3. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    drama on television is totally different because there are nuances/clues as to what is going in in both words and deeds.
    Music can be enjoyed without the show.
     
  4. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    But if you're at the opera, in the theatre, you'd be cheating yourself if you closed your eyes. i don't see how that is any different from the telly
     
  5. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    You might be cheating yourself, but not me, I am there for the music. The obvious exception to this is the ballet where the movement is integeral and exquisite, sometimes hilarious.
    Watching ballet on television with sound of can also be very funny.
     
  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    you need to watch the opera though, it's not a concert
     
  7. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I beg to differ. I am happy to listen to opera at home or in my car.
     
  8. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    :facepalm:
    of course, but if you're actually at the opera in a beautiful theatre, it would be daft to close your eyes. the sets, the costumes, the visual jokes, the acting - you'd be missing out on all of that
     
  9. B.I.G

    B.I.G Well-Known Member

    This is an odd argument. Opera involves acting as well as singing. If you close your eyes you focus on one over the other. There is no issue with that. In a discussion it would be nice to acknowledge that sound without vision allows you to focus on the sound, and sound with vision means you have to share the focus.
     
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  10. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Opera was written to be watched. The visuals certainly were (dunno about modern opera) as central as the aurals
     
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  11. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    ok im going to see one, but it's got to be a good one.

    Anyone seen Written on Skin? The plot is a bit :eek: (rich husband employs boy artist, wife and boy have a thing, husband kills boy and feeds his heart to wife, wife tops herself) but I guess they're all like that?

    Anyway it's got Iestyn Davies and Mark Padmore in who I like as singers so that's a good start I suppose.
     
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  12. B.I.G

    B.I.G Well-Known Member

    Where is it?
     
  13. B.I.G

    B.I.G Well-Known Member

    I looked at Royal Opera House - I like the classics and only the classics. I think the Royal Opera House show small videos of the production if that helps you decide.
     
  14. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Not seen that, it's very new. I haven't heard any of George Benjamin's operatic work, but I do love Palimpsest 1 & 2.

    Padmore is great, though. Should be a good night!
     
  15. bluescreen

    bluescreen Je est un autre

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  16. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Yeah, the cinema thing is great, esp for Royal Opera where it's so fucking expensive. Seen a few things that way with my mum - the best being Die Walkure from Met Opera. Good interviews in the intervals as well.
     
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  17. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    ^^^ exactly ^^^ accesable, cheaper, informative, fun and an experience!
    It's great if you can't make it to the opera house, are intimated by it, can't afford it etc.
    Wandsworth is not what I would regard as a cultural hot spot and I was not expecting our cinema to be full; it was packed. Mostly wrinklies, with their bottles (and glasses of wine), nibbles and the like. It was not the normal price of a film, maybe double? It's also a way of trying to educate my other half without going the full monty of Covent Garden. Loved it.
     
  18. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Yeah, the ones I've been to have been pretty full. Good for much older people like my grandparents for whom going into town is a bit of a strain now (my granddad's 92 this year), or indeed for my mum who has ME.
     
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  19. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    If anyone is interested in going to watch a good opera on the cheap, I see Puccini's Madam Butterfly is live in the cinema's on 30th March.

     
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  20. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    As it's my wedding anniversery tomorrow, I have just booked to see this tonight. Not sure it's entirely appropriate though; arranged marriage to a 15 year old which fails and
    original wife commits suicide, but hey ho. ;)
     
  21. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    A little bump...for those that think a trip to the opera or even the royal opera house is expensive, it's not!
    i haven't been to cover garden for a while, so have just got two tickets for LA Traviata at £35 each.
    Tickets to Metallica at Twickenham in very average seats for an average day out and will be very corporate, were much much more, it had to be done though :mad:
     
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  22. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I've just been looking at Bon Jovi tickets for my wife's birthday. Cheapest are about 100€ each. I'd rather go to an opera or ballet for that money. But it's not my birthday:(
     
  23. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    But you can cry if you want to.
     
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  24. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    But you can't give love a bad name.
     
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  25. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    When is the planned opera night? It would be good to organise this again. :)
     
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  26. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    Just back from holiday but will have a look when I've got time. You could look too. See what's on in Manchester in the new year :cool:
     
  27. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I was once taken to the Opera, we were seated up high in the gods on the left of the stage. The heat from the whole place rose up there. I slept very well if I am honest, but I didn't catch much of the performance.
     
  28. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    Here you go Shirl - some quick links on what's on.

    Gianni Schicchi & Rite of Spring | What's On | The Lowry

    Events Archive - City of Manchester Opera

    Christmas Concert 15 December 2018 - Manchester Central Library - City of Manchester Opera - free event in December, although sadly it is tainted by the unmentionable. :(

    Greater Manchester | Opera North

    Welcome to Manchester Cathedral - Manchester Cathedral - there are also events at the cathedral. I've seen opera there, and the it was fantastic to sit feet away from the singers in a beautiful venue.
     
  29. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    I can't do anything until January but I like the idea of the cathedral. I'm not even fussed about which opera. I've not searched anything in the new year yet because I'm harassed with other stuff but I will have a look soon.
     

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