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    Opera Fusion

    Lately I've come across ALOT of music that has remixed opera.... Ive heard a few songs remixed to a light hip hop and the rest remixed to a fast trance beat. I really have been taken in by this new fusion of old and new. It adds another dimension to Opera music. It makes it...
    Silver01ta Silver01ta 31-35, M Apr 13, 2008

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    Two weeks from now, I'll be performing my first

    opera role as the Lackey from R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. I'm scared, nervous, and have no clue if I will totally suck or really nail it. On top of that, I'm covering the roles of Wigmaker, Truffaldino and the Music Master. Stressed? Definitely...
    vann07 vann07 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 24

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    "Fat Lady" Vs "Rap"

    I drive a big car with a 6-speaker stereo system.  Whenever these cars that are playing that garbage called "rap" at jet engine volume level, I turn my volume up to a level exceeding theirs with the "Fat Lady" singing Wagner or Puccini.  What...
    baconfat baconfat 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    An Enchanting Beginning

    My primary/elementary school organized an opera club for around 5-12 students. I signed up after hearing about the club through choir practice.. I think most of the others were also part of the choir. Anyhow I'd grown up hearing about Opera from my grandmother and thought I'd see...
    fiorabelle fiorabelle 22-25, F 1 Response May 3, 2012

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    The Best Ever Christmas Television

    In UK BBC broadcast Andrea Andermann's film of the opera " Cenerentola" based on the fairy tale of Cinderella. Superb acting and singing made this a beautiful conversion of the usual pantomime show to something intellectually challenging with dramatic twists to the expected plot...
    Jerryattic Jerryattic 51-55, M Dec 25, 2012

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    Wagner

    I've recently become obsessed with Richard Wagner and can't stop listening to the Die Walküre section of Der Ring des Nibelungen I only know a little German but I must confess that my vocab is growing thanks for Wagner
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 26, 2007

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    I've been listening to opera

    since about 13. I remember before then I thought it was uncool. My favorite elementary teacher planted the seed for liking opera though by playing it in class and later, something clicked. Even though I was a typical teen and loved the music that was current, I also liked opera...
    oceancrab oceancrab 36-40 Mar 6

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    I listen to it most days,

    it helps me unwind. The power, it makes your entire body shudder and hairs stand on edge. Female opera singers are my favourite, so beautiful to listen to.
    Ryanholmes20375 Ryanholmes20375 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 5

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    Another Childhood Memory

      Of my father and the music i heard as a child,my father would close his eyes and sit there like in a dream listening to this.I can understand why its so beautiful,i also remember how beautiful the ballerina on the cover of the L.P.looked. Memories :))))
    sunnydisposition sunnydisposition 51-55, M Nov 30, 2010

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    I wanna go to operas.

    It'd be sweet.
    Hyacinthas Hyacinthas 18-21, M Jan 19

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    The Night To Remember!

    I was turned onto the Opera around thirteen years old. I fortunately befreinded a girl with well off parents (ones that liked me might I add). They often went to the Opera and one day out of the blue, while I was visiting with my freind in her room, her mother popped the door...
    gypsofbabylon gypsofbabylon 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 27, 2010

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    The Opera And My Father

      Vals post of Maria Callas reminded me of my father and his love of Opera,he would play them at home and explain the stories behind them.He got to see Gigli at a church in our hometown and regaled me with the story frequently,here is a clip of Gigli from my favourite opera...
    sunnydisposition sunnydisposition 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 22, 2010

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    My Favorites

    I absolutely love Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavorotti Also anything from La Boheme is amazing I have always wanted to see that opera..
    mlife3123 mlife3123 16-18, F Aug 25, 2007

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    The Most Human Of Arts

    I love opera because it's un-plugged. It's such a showcase of very human abilities. The singing is un-mic'd; the sets rely on coordination and human cleverness; the acoustics of the hall are engineered and constructed to project sound from un-enhanced instruments and voices...
    auroramaru auroramaru 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2011

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    Metropolitan Opera Live In Hd

    If you are an opera fan and are not taking in the Met's high def showings, you are missing a life-changing experience. They do 11 or 12 of these each year starting in Sept. or Oct.. You get to hear the world's best singers and the best opera orchestra (and one of the best...
    jrgrady21 jrgrady21 66-70, M 1 Response Aug 18, 2011

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    I Want to

    I've always wanted to go to the opera! One day I will and fall in love with if for real :)
    desieyez desieyez 18-21, F Apr 28, 2008

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    My First Opera

    I attended my first opera with my father 6 years ago. It was Giacomo Puccini's Turandot. My father passed away in a tragic car accident last year, but not before we got to see many more operas together. My husband and I are going to see Turandot tonight, and I can't wait! I...
    siren1971 siren1971 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 16, 2007

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    " Carmen " And " Butterfly " Are My Favorites

    Long, long ago I didn't like classical vocal music at all. But I hate to turn off the radio station just because a piece I don't like is on so I leave it play. I think Butterfly got me first as there is some very familiar music in if and not a lot of unpleasant-to-untrained-ears...
    MPsslavetommy MPsslavetommy 70+, M 1 Response Nov 1, 2010

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    About How I Found Opera

     I learned about classical music and opera at age 9. A friend of my father lent him the movie "Amadeus". I was fascinated, I couldn't believe that such music existed. Then this friend gave him the soundtrack and that's how I discovered Mozart and Opera. I played...
    moviefan13 moviefan13 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 22, 2008

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    Opera Is Soothing For The Soul...

    I grew up listening to opera.....my father is a tenor and his love of classical music and opera lended itself to me...sweeping arias....lush instruments...and the sounds of exquisite voices soaring higher and higher...as they sang passionately about love...betrayal..and life...
    blackgirl71 blackgirl71 41-45, F 1 Response May 30, 2010

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    I Enjoy Opera.

    Most 16 year olds I know don't appreciate opera or classical music. I do; I like a lot of different kinds of music. I went to my first opera with my dad in March 2006. It was Wagner's Das Rheingold. This past March I saw Die Walküre. I hope to get the chance to see...
    forevermore forevermore 16-18, F 2 Responses Oct 26, 2007

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    Un Bel Di, Vedremo (cio-cio San Aria From Madame Butterfly)

    The anguish of the separation, the pain of the loss and the hope of the reunion. She cries, but she does not lose the hope: Un bel d ì vedremo.English Translation One fine day, we'll notice A thread of smoke arising on the sea In the far horizon, And then the ship appearing...
    afreimann afreimann 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 5, 2013

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    From Parsifal To Paradise

    Scared to death to get married, I stand before my mirror asking God for a sign. I'm nearly ready to drive to my family's Catholic church, but I am filled with dread. I'm afraid I will ruin this wonderful woman's life. My girlfriend and I work as singing waiters. I fall in love...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 5, 2013

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    Opera For Life.

    My dream and goal in life is to sing opera. I have already begun my journey by winning young artist competitions, but I have such a long road ahead of me. It all began with simple voice lessons after joining the musical at my high school a few years back. I fell in love the...
    Desertcellist Desertcellist 18-21, F May 25, 2013

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    To See An Opera

    Ugh, I am sad when I say I have never been to see the opera! I have always wanted to & its on my bucket list of things to do. There is something so passionate about it, I know id never be the same if I went. I picture myself having the reaction & being as touched by it, as Julia...
    Nikita8687 Nikita8687 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2012

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    Asleep At the Matinee

    I've loved Opera since I was a little girl. My grandfather used to play the public radios Sunday opera and I would run around in circles on the spiral patterned shag rug. My mother would sing me to sleep with "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess.  Loving opera was, for...
    ohsovery ohsovery 26-30, F Apr 28, 2008

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    Late Nights

    At night before going to bed i lie on my carpet floor and listen to opera music. sounds silly am i right?it is the most enchanting feeling you could ever get. everything seams to be paused for a moment and your just there, illuminated by candle light. everything is still and...
    ElisabethAngel ElisabethAngel 18-21, F Apr 17, 2013

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    Charmed

    I came across opera by chance one day at the library. I was looking for relaxing study music and so had checked out a CD with a collection of classical music. On that CD was "Sous le dome epais" from "Lakme" which I enjoyed alot. Intrigued, I searched for more and found "L...
    1goldenapple 1goldenapple 22-25, F Mar 5, 2013

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    Carmen And Butterfly Are My Favorites

    I guess that how I feel about women makes those no surprise. LOLIn the beginning I didn't really care for classical vocal music, I have got to admit. but since I am not one to turn off the radio just because I don't like the current piece I gradually became hooked, on some operas...
    CFOM CFOM 70+, M 1 Response May 7, 2012

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    Mozarts operas are favourites.

    Yes, there are lots of famous operas, Puccini, and countless others who have written and produced them, but for me it's Mozart. The magic flute, Don Juan, favourites. I love the humour.
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 22-25, F Dec 12, 2013

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    Want To Learn

    'm new here and i was kinda hoping that somebody will help me understand the opera music , i don't know anything but i'm willing to learn , so you could say in a different words that I'm level zero at this stuff .. anyone can help ?
    Mutamrred Mutamrred 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 30, 2012

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    A Perfect Night Cap For a Perfect Day

    The San Francisco Opera has been giving an annual free simulcast performance at the local ballpark,  AT&T Park, home of the S.F. Giants.  This year it was Verdi's Il Trovatore last Saturday night.  It was my first time ever to a simulcast, but third time for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 23, 2009

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    I Annoy The Hell Out Of My Family

    "How can you listen to that?? put on your headphones please."I just laugh at them as they laugh at me and I keep enjoying my music.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 17, 2011

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    Salvatore Licitra

    Worrying news about Salvatore Licitra seriously injured in hospital after a very had crash on his Vespa. Hope the news gets better soon.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 28, 2011

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    Wozzeck

    I went to the Santa Fe Opera tonight to see Alban Berg's Wozzeck. This was possibly the best thing I have seen at Santa Fe Opera. This is still forbidding music even after 80+ years, but I have learned to love it. A great staging of a great work.
    jrgrady21 jrgrady21 66-70, M Aug 18, 2011

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    Opera Singer

    I've been singing opera for 9 years now and thoroughly enjoy this beautiful art form. I've had the opportunity to see Turin Dot and Carmen which where both phenomenal! My hopes is to join the local Symphony and Opera and star in one of their productions :). I love being a lyric...
    Kowgirl93 Kowgirl93 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 30, 2012

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    How I Started In My Opera Fandom

    In one way it's frightening (at least to me) that this will be the fortieth anniversary of how I came to be an opera fan. It started on one August afternoon in 1973 when I was six. I had been I the garden playing with some friends when I decided to go inside for a drink because...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 12, 2013

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    French Aria Lovin' In the Minority.

    The majority of people tend to associate opera with either the big dramatic Italian bel-canto singers, or the works of Wagner. Especially non-singers. I find a lot of fans and singers alike, tend to dismiss or even dislike the more obscure French works. I adore those the most. My...
    lafemmequirit lafemmequirit 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 12, 2008

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    Time to Say Goodbyeeeee

    I love that song by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. It's gorgeous. I love Opera. I used to sing in a choir, and when I did I used to be able to nail Sarah's part. I've lost it though because I stopped singing. :( I also love Habanera from Carmen. It's gorgeous.
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04 26-30, F Aug 15, 2008

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    Carman Is a ....

    I saw Carmen yesterday. LOVED IT! I got to dress up and look good, and even valet parked the car. I enjoyed drinking and socializing with people who are way out of my social class. But hey, I talked the talk and apparently got a few contacts. Anywho, I've heard all the songs...
    Silver01ta Silver01ta 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 27, 2008

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    Transported...

    I've so far seen The Flying Dutchman, Pagliacci, Tosca and Aida, and have been blown away to different degrees by the three. All four were at the Seattle Opera, but only Flying Dutchman and Pagliacci were with the bigshot casts. Still, Aida, even with the secondary cast, was...
    rainbowchristmaslights rainbowchristmaslights 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2008

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    Brunnhilde

    I love German opera especially Weber's Der Freischutz and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
    AtomicWater AtomicWater 41-45, F 1 Response May 31, 2010

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    What Opera Means To Me

    I do not read music or play and instrument but have participated in musical productions,Opera for me involves not just beautiful arias and music from talented composers. It requires not the most technically skilled and powerful singers but those who can act.  It involves...
    Jerryattic Jerryattic 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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    The Met

    The Met broadcasts were the only true religion in our household growing up--the Met in the late fall, the Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts in the spring, the Saturday afternoon recordings when the biggies weren't in season, and the yearly pilgrimage to the Met during their...
    theremustbeawayout theremustbeawayout 51-55 2 Responses Apr 25, 2013

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    Gorgeous In a Way I Could Never Acheive

    Opera has always stunned and awed me to the point my jaw drops to the floor and my arms start shaking. I'm serious, I don't know why they start shaking, I'm just so deeply in awe of it. To hear someone's voice hit those sorts of notes, express those emotions that can't be spread...
    Yellowrhapsody Yellowrhapsody 16-17, F 7 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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