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Yazoo
14th Mar 2012, 6:02 PM
Alright, I know. I probably would be the last person that anyone expected to like Opera. But I don't like it. I love it. The power behind the singing, is just utterly amazing. Sounds almost an angel (In my ears) as they sing. Their voice is beautiful, and just...Powerful. I do have a few favorite opera singers:

Nana Mouskouri

Maria Callas

Luciano Pavarotti

And there is more. But I just love their singing.

Soooooooo is there any other people like opera? Hmm hmm hmm :D

Bodhie
14th Mar 2012, 8:48 PM
well give me a second to grab my jaw from the floor first LOL (she like opera O_O gawk in shock)
Sorry...couldn't help it
Well...I love contretenor voice...how about that ? I believe they go in opera category..but I have no name for you beside hum....Try Lisa Gerrard (from Dead Can Dance) . That's a contretenor voice .

RoseCity
15th Mar 2012, 1:10 AM
I like/love opera - I wouldn't call myself a hardcore fan though. No Met season tickets, etc. Maybe if I could afford to though, I'd go crazy. My favorite operas are probably the Verdi and Puccini ones where the good vulnerable person gets the shaft and you can treat yourself to a good cry and ponder the unfairness of life. I also love The Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Rusalka, etc. Luciano Pavarotti and Franco Corelli are my favorite tenor voices. Sopranos: Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Kiri Te Kanawa, Leontyne Price, probably others I can't remember at the moment.

paksetti
15th Mar 2012, 1:15 AM
It's my favorite internet browser.

Bodhie
15th Mar 2012, 3:23 AM
ok , well I do now this guy : Klaus Nomi . (I asked my roomate and she say he is Opera singer) .

One of the best Song he made Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGpjsgquqw&list=FL4xMJVq_8Q_E9MVWjZML-rQ&feature=player_detailpage)

And of course we can't forget the amazing Flower Duet :)

You can listen to them here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qx2lMaMsl8

Lisa Gerrard (The Host of Seraphim) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vuylajcwx8

Well there are others music outta there lol and I love them all XD

But one of my favorite (Don't mock) is this one: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=FL4xMJVq_8Q_E9MVWjZML-rQ&feature=player_detailpage&v=wGPZWUNwLG0)

But my heart only beat mostly for soundtrack music . Music used in games (rpg mostly) .

Like here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=FL4xMJVq_8Q_E9MVWjZML-rQ&feature=player_detailpage&v=wGPZWUNwLG0) I used a soundtrack from an RPG Game (Neverwinter Night) and made it in a video :)

Oaktree
15th Mar 2012, 3:27 AM
I like opera, though I haven't taken the time to properly explore the genre, so I'm only familiar with a little. A couple of pieces that I have favorited on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DvuKxL4LOqc#t=129s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSsbjjRSxKg

Bodhie
15th Mar 2012, 3:34 AM
I like opera, though I haven't taken the time to properly explore the genre, so I'm only familiar with a little. A couple of pieces that I have favorited on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DvuKxL4LOqc#t=129s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSsbjjRSxKg

LOL the 2nd video have french subtitle , THANK (get popcorn and listen) .

anothereyjana
15th Mar 2012, 6:17 AM
I like opera, though I haven't taken the time to properly explore the genre, so I'm only familiar with a little.

Ditto, I like it too, even though I haven't gotten to explore it much, and I don't really understand all of the badmouthing it gets, even if you don't personally like a musical genre or artist, I feel that you have to still give them at least a little bit of props if the singer has awesome pipes, or the music has good composition, or has tried to develop an interesting idea (even if you don't feel that it fully meshed), etc. But, then again, I'm kind of a "live and let live" person when it comes to other people's tastes, especially in music (the only kind I've found myself unable to stand as a genre is country, and even then, I won't bad-mouth it), a type of attitude which seems to be disappearing, unfortunately.

One of the few pieces that I know I really like (and can name) would be (as over-done as it probably seems to people who actually know about opera) the famous "Habanera" from Bizet's 'Carmen' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2XyHfi50yE)

I also find myself liking songs where the vocals seem to have an "operatic flavoring"
Ex., Within Temptation's "Angels," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmwVQfAGQ&ob=av2n) and Nightwish's "Nemo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIBdpFJyFkc&ob=av2n).

Bodhie -- I wouldn't laugh at the one you posted ("Ordo virtutum"), I really liked it, though I think that it counts more as a Gregorian chant than as Opera. Still a very nice, haunting piece of music either way.

The Flower Duet! I've heard that so many times, but I wasn't sure what it was called! I've also heard it sampled in songs many times as well, the one in the forefront of my mind being David Usher's "Black, Black Heart" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js35wdcdGbA).

Klaus Nomi, when I saw this vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsqsQVzqiis&feature=related) in the related videos bar, I knew that I'd seen him from somewhere! Unfortunately, that somewhere was on a Venture Brothers episode. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkmWjvITthU) :faceslap: I'm sorry.

Oaktree -- Wow, Damrau was really into that performance. Completely fierce! :blink: Brava to her.

Yazoo
15th Mar 2012, 5:19 PM
I can't remember what got me into Opera. I think honestly, it was that one huge and popular song

Ave Maria

And then...I just fell in love with it. I would love to see a live Opera. I would LOVE to see Carmen, live. I am just...I love Opera :) I truly do

Maria Callas: Ave Maria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jtO5-Q0YY)

I absolutely love her voice. Every time I listen...I get chills down my spine


Nana Mouskouri--Serenade by Schubert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxnsL4QY9yk)

FYI yes, this song, is in the Sims 2 on the Classical station. But Nana's Voice ah, is amazing!

Or how about Inva Mula, her voice is just beautiful :)

Inva Mula (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlY9P-AHAYU)


@Oaktree: I love Diana Damrau. She is freaking amazing :D

RoseCity
15th Mar 2012, 6:03 PM
This is another Ave Maria - one of my favorite opera scenes. (Sound isn't the best.)She knows she's going to die soon and wants to get right with God. Ave Maria - Otello (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMiHSgTz7Q)
And then something really bad happens. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0am2IZ74d78)

Franco Corelli - 'Non piangere, Liu' Turandot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TColIyZLpGE)

Oaktree
15th Mar 2012, 6:55 PM
@anothereyjana: I also like music where the vocals have an operatic quality. Pat Benatar is my favorite female vocalist, for instance, and she had opera training. Which I'm quite envious of. I did eight years of choir, and I'd say that I have the vocal qualities that are often found in opera, but I don't have the lung capacity or the all-around power. If I had the time, I might try to train myself, but it took me years just to get where I am now, and I just can't devote that kind of time right now.

Oh, also, obligatory linking to Diva Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBPYD_DCT2Y) from The Fifth Element. There is little to no digital alteration of her voice. She is amazingly talented.


Oaktree -- Wow, Damrau was really into that performance. Completely fierce! :blink: Brava to her.

@Oaktree: I love Diana Damrau. She is freaking amazing :D

Yeah, I think she does an amazing job with that piece. She's ruined me for other singers on that piece. I've heard other recordings and none of them convey the power or the emotion that she does.

pico22
15th Mar 2012, 8:18 PM
Borodin, Prince Igor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7KYjn3bwAQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC0hy4ELc4c

Yazoo
15th Mar 2012, 8:29 PM
@anothereyjana: I also like music where the vocals have an operatic quality. Pat Benatar is my favorite female vocalist, for instance, and she had opera training. Which I'm quite envious of. I did eight years of choir, and I'd say that I have the vocal qualities that are often found in opera, but I don't have the lung capacity or the all-around power. If I had the time, I might try to train myself, but it took me years just to get where I am now, and I just can't devote that kind of time right now.

Oh, also, obligatory linking to Diva Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBPYD_DCT2Y) from The Fifth Element. There is little to no digital alteration of her voice. She is amazingly talented.




Yeah, I think she does an amazing job with that piece. She's ruined me for other singers on that piece. I've heard other recordings and none of them convey the power or the emotion that she does.

Inva Mula sang the Diva Dance ^.^ She has an amazing voice, I ended up listening to more of her music. Just simply amazing :D And I loved Diva Dance from the Fifth Element.

RoseCity
15th Mar 2012, 9:06 PM
Borodin, Prince Igor...

Love that aria from Prince Igor - I had never heard the George London version before - beautiful.
And the Polovtsian Dances are heavenly music.

Bodhie
16th Mar 2012, 12:39 AM
How about this Ave Maria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY30Qgj6LJM)
It's from: Le Bossu de Notre Dame .
It's the only one I know (well Celine Dion did one but I like this one better) .
it's in french but has English Subtitles :giggler:

I'm gonna check all yours links , love to know new stuff :beer:

anothereyjana
16th Mar 2012, 7:48 AM
Levera -- I noticed this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9Dipgqdtw&feature=like-suggest)in the bar when I clicked the "like" button. I've wanted to see "Madame Butterfly" for awhile, so it was nice to hear this. Little story, I thought that I had recorded it once, but it turns out that "M. Butterfly" staring Jeremy Irons is not actually just someone's take on the opera set to film, like I thought. It is still a good movie, and is sort-of inspired by the opera, and definitely references/pays slight homage to it, while also being slightly based on a true story. Also, the "M" doesn't technically stand for "Madame," nor does the "M. Butterfly" end up being who you think it's going to be; you'll understand when you see the ending. ;)

I saw this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IqdlMDKvuQ&feature=fvwrel) in the related vids tab, and I really liked it. It sounds like Mouskouri has sort of an "easy-going" voice for an opera singer, and though you can tell that she can put some real power behind her voice if she wanted to, she seems to like to keep it soft and gentle. I've noticed that there are certain tones and qualities in operatic voices that seem to "scare off" some people (never bothered me, though), that Mouskouri seems to shy slightly away from, so she might be a good "introductory" performer to listen to, to help ease people who would otherwise be slightly leery of opera into it.

RoseCity -- That really was a lovely performance of Ave Maria, like you mentioned, you could really feel the sense of vulnerability and impending dread she felt there. I couldn't help but notice something though; was it just me, or maybe the lighting, but did it seem like they, um, "browned up" Placido Domingo a bit? > __>;;

pico22 -- I loved the dance! Such a powerful and dramatic piece of music, and the dancing was very professional, it looked like the actors had had extensive ballet training.

Bodhie -- That's a very beautiful version of Ave Maria. It really seemed to flow in French like that.

About Inva Mula --- She really does have a great range. I had heard that The Diva Dance was actually a mash-up of three different singers; turns out that my first instinct (from when I first heard the song/saw the movie as a teenager) was right, and that it was just a single lady with a hell of a lot of talent. Also, I was not aware that they had an Opera of Faust, though I'm very glad it exists, since the atmosphere of that story just screamed operatic. Now that I know that this is a thing, I very much want to find a performance of it.

RoseCity
16th Mar 2012, 4:58 PM
RoseCity -- That really was a lovely performance of Ave Maria, like you mentioned, you could really feel the sense of vulnerability and impending dread she felt there. I couldn't help but notice something though; was it just me, or maybe the lighting, but did it seem like they, um, "browned up" Placido Domingo a bit? > __>;;

I'm pretty sure singers do their own makeup and it's usually exaggerated to be seen better from the house. He looks like he did use some brownish makeup because Otello is supposed to be a 'moor'. Probably shouldn't have.

Yazoo
16th Mar 2012, 5:48 PM
Levera -- I noticed this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9Dipgqdtw&feature=like-suggest)in the bar when I clicked the "like" button. I've wanted to see "Madame Butterfly" for awhile, so it was nice to hear this. Little story, I thought that I had recorded it once, but it turns out that "M. Butterfly" staring Jeremy Irons is not actually just someone's take on the opera set to film, like I thought. It is still a good movie, and is sort-of inspired by the opera, and definitely references/pays slight homage to it, while also being slightly based on a true story. Also, the "M" doesn't technically stand for "Madame," nor does the "M. Butterfly" end up being who you think it's going to be; you'll understand when you see the ending. ;)

I saw this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IqdlMDKvuQ&feature=fvwrel) in the related vids tab, and I really liked it. It sounds like Mouskouri has sort of an "easy-going" voice for an opera singer, and though you can tell that she can put some real power behind her voice if she wanted to, she seems to like to keep it soft and gentle. I've noticed that there are certain tones and qualities in operatic voices that seem to "scare off" some people (never bothered me, though), that Mouskouri seems to shy slightly away from, so she might be a good "introductory" performer to listen to, to help ease people who would otherwise be slightly leery of opera into it.



Maria Callas has such an amazing voice. I just love her vocals, they are so powerful, and in a very moving :) I love her. But I am soooooooo mad, I am trying to figure out who sings this song from Parasite Eve, because she had an amazing voice. But unfortunately, I can't find who actually sings the song, so believe me...I am rather sad :(

I love Nana's voice, I do have the song: Serenade by Schubert on my Ipod :D And this song...The one you posted, is just amazing :)

Thank you so much for sharing this with us, anothereyjana

RoseCity
16th Mar 2012, 8:46 PM
Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime/Rigoletto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfhTBI9k_5Y)

I don't think anyone has sung this as well as L Pavarotti. The Duke is rotten but he gets all the best music in Rigoletto.

Bodhie
17th Mar 2012, 12:23 AM
But I am soooooooo mad, I am trying to figure out who sings this song from Parasite Eve, because she had an amazing voice. But unfortunately, I can't find who actually sings the song, so believe me...I am rather sad

ok if you are talking about the same Parasite Eve , and you are thinking of the lady we see at the beginning . (the one that sing Opera , she wearing a red dress then everything goes to hell ?) . If it is the same one we are talking about , then let me make you happy lol

Her name is Yoko Shimomura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Shimomura) .

From Wiki: Over the next few years, she composed the soundtrack to several games, including Parasite Eve and Legend of Mana.

I have 3 soundtrack from her : Sotto Voce , consensus ,Sel il mio amore sta vincino (Vocalise) - Eve's Aria
From :Parasite Eve OST Disc 1

Happy ? :D
(now if they are not the same , ignore this :| )

pico22
18th Mar 2012, 1:54 AM
Nessun dorma

- Franco Corelli (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg-59NoES2o&feature=related)

- Mario del Monaco (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrJC7l5Pn-k)

- Luciano Pavarotti (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW1w1ryYQDw)

People are still discussing who of these three (or some other one) was the best Calaf. Rather pointlessly, I think, but one thing is sure: differences in interpretation are fascinating.

An obligatory warning: as far as these clips are concerned, differences in sound quality are (much too) obvious, Corelli's being the worst.

Yazoo
18th Mar 2012, 2:56 AM
ok if you are talking about the same Parasite Eve , and you are thinking of the lady we see at the beginning . (the one that sing Opera , she wearing a red dress then everything goes to hell ?) . If it is the same one we are talking about , then let me make you happy lol

Her name is Yoko Shimomura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Shimomura) .

From Wiki:

I have 3 soundtrack from her : Sotto Voce , consensus ,Sel il mio amore sta vincino (Vocalise) - Eve's Aria
From :Parasite Eve OST Disc 1

Happy ? :D
(now if they are not the same , ignore this :| )


Thank you thank you, thank you, Bodhie ^.^

Has anyone heard of her:

Leontyne Price (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDGJapT1k1o&feature=related)

She has a freaking amazing voice :D

or her:

Sumi Jo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-0d9JdEH4&feature=related)

She has such an amazing voice

Now...I think I have fallen in love with this woman:

Inessa Galante (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru8Yah-CMv0&feature=related)

Her voice is just...Simply...I am so speechless

bassoon_crazy
18th Mar 2012, 3:22 AM
I used to not really be into opera, but eventually my growing love for classical music led me to it. I love classical instrumentation, but it took me a while to get used to the opera vocal style. I always had the image of an lady singing with way too much vibrato. lol

I really like this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilrFBppW7-o) (La Wally), although I do have to say it may be a bit of nostalgia for me. It takes me back six years when my life was very different.

I bought a whole recording of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. I really like this part (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mrjKPkUYOM) of it. I'm a sucker for slow Baroque pieces in minor keys. I also love the sound of Baroque string ensembles playing in unison (like in 3:27 of that recording. OMG!).

Yazoo
18th Mar 2012, 3:27 AM
This has to be...The saddest story ever, what this Korean boy tells the panel of judges. But his voice...Whew...All of it made me cry:

Sung-Bong Choi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ46Ot4_lLo&feature=related)

He has such an amazing voice, and his story was very lifting. Whew...I still have tears in my eyes

Bodhie
18th Mar 2012, 3:48 AM
You are welcome , if you ever want those soundtrack from Parasite eve let me know . I can upload them for you .
But thank you too LOL Man , I,m starting to like this Opera thingy! :giggler:
Hehe I liked sumi JO (that one is going to my favorite) and I'm gonna use Inessa Galante for a project I'm working on YES! so Thanx !

Ok this may sound like a DUH! question . But all of these Ave Maria version that everyone is posting . Is it the same song every one is singin ? or it is different lyric each time ?

Bodhie
18th Mar 2012, 3:52 AM
I believe this is too Opera ? Anyone heard about her ?

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhmFSV-XB0

Jackie Evancho is her name , and she did a duo with sarah Brightman !

RoseCity
18th Mar 2012, 3:55 AM
Nessun dorma

- Franco Corelli (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg-59NoES2o&feature=related)

- Mario del Monaco (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrJC7l5Pn-k)

- Luciano Pavarotti (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW1w1ryYQDw)

People are still discussing who of these three (or some other one) was the best Calaf. Rather pointlessly, I think, but one thing is sure: differences in interpretation are fascinating.

An obligatory warning: as far as these clips are concerned, differences in sound quality are (much too) obvious, Corelli's being the worst.

On the basis of the 3 clips, I'm voting for Franco Corelli. Because the 'vincero's are what the whole aria is building toward and he makes them sound easy, even the last one with a smooth transition from the B to the A.
I had to laugh when the people encircle him and strike poses while the chorus is singing 'Il nome suo nessun sapra..' and he's looking down like where the hell did you guys come from?
I like the Mario del Monaco one, but he kind of blows off the last vincero which for me takes him out of the running to be the best. Although I guess he isn't required to hold the notes - it's just what I'm used to hearing.

I believe this is too Opera ? Anyone heard about her ?

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhmFSV-XB0

Jackie Evancho is her name , and she did a duo with sarah Brightman !

It reminds me of what you might hear at a recital, not professional level singing. Yes, I realize she's a kid. But I have no idea what famous opera singers were doing as children or how they learned - probably protecting their voice was the most important thing. And they changed the aria - left out 'O Dio, vorrei morir' and a 'Babbo, pietà' and ended on a high note.

Bodhie
18th Mar 2012, 7:42 PM
Ok I'm posting here something from my roomate (for you all to enjoy ) . She say since there are differents peoples here on this forum , she say that you guys (who know Opera better then me ) you may like this stuff .

1 - Frühling (Printemps) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSCNUWeiBH0&feature=fvwrel

2 - September (Septembre) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GasnP2KgFII

3 - Beim Schlafengehen (Going to sleep) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De_GiqRyvQk&feature=related

4 - Im Abendrot (Au crépuscule) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfGofa9Ujeo&feature=related

Ici, les 4 lieders en allemand et en traduction anglaise :(she say : here the 4 lieders(she say lieders are poetry + music*By Richard Strauss* done by a soprano of XXe siècle done by l'austro-allemande Elizabeth Schwarzkop) , in German *allemand* and in English (translated maybe?) .)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Last_Songs#1._.22Fr.C3.BChling.22

Hope you guys like this stuff , enjoy ! :king:

Yazoo
19th Mar 2012, 5:49 AM
Laura Claycomb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zs06YXYvVM&feature=channel)

She is rather good. Her voice, is obviously, Soprano :D ^.^ I really like her voice, I am not sure even why. I guess I can feel her emotions behind the music :)

Stewie20Flakes
19th Mar 2012, 11:18 PM
Shes gives out free stuff! :D

RoseCity
20th Mar 2012, 12:22 AM
@ Levera - Her voice is very beautiful.
@ Bodhie - Love her interpretations of the Strauss 4 Last Songs.

Milada Subrtova - O silver moon (Mesicku na nebi hlubokem) Rusalka/Antonin Dvorak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvzB_teIpnE&feature=endscreen&NR=1 )

Yazoo
20th Mar 2012, 5:36 PM
@ Levera - Her voice is very beautiful.
@ Bodhie - Love her interpretations of the Strauss 4 Last Songs.

Milada Subrtova - O silver moon (Mesicku na nebi hlubokem) Rusalka/Antonin Dvorak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvzB_teIpnE&feature=endscreen&NR=1 )

She has such a beautiful voice. @[email protected] <--- my dazed face

I would love to go to an actual live Opera, I do believe that would be so amazing, and a beautiful tone to my ears :D

Dea
21st Mar 2012, 12:41 PM
We don’t have it here but to be honest In the last 3 Month I may have watched 4 hours TV all together.
Because I moved in a new house and there was a cable problem so I had a TV but could not reseve any programs…grrrrrr but know finally it works…
The only think I know about it was the persiflage from southpark.

RoseCity
23rd Mar 2012, 4:54 AM
It's not as good as seeing it live, but somebody put the Opera National de Paris production of Rusalka from 2002 with Renee Fleming on youtube.
Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j78O9UCCx6M)
Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyTYY3-06Cg)

Yazoo
23rd Mar 2012, 8:53 AM
Rosecity, you cease to amaze me with your taste in Opera. I absolutely loved it.

So, here comes my question:

Does anyone like "The Phantom of the Opera"?

RoseCity
4th Apr 2012, 9:16 PM
Not opera, but you might like it.
Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré - Requiem - Oxford Camerata (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZipvBo3_Z4)

Yazoo
5th Apr 2012, 7:20 AM
Not opera, but you might like it.

Pie Jesu - Requiem - Gabriel Fauré (http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZipvBo3_Z4)

That was utterly amazing! I loved it :D So amazing. Thank you, Rosecity!

Does anyone here like Sarah Brightman? She wouldn't classify as "Opera" but she has a beautiful voice

Think of Me---Sarah Brightman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SF33K1ts-E)

Bodhie
5th Apr 2012, 8:04 AM
I LOVE sarah Brightman :lovestruc but then...Jackie Came and she did a duo with Sarah..and Sarah got squached :lol: But I still love Brightman because she has awesome song like 'Deliver Me' and 'time to say Goodbye'

Jackie + Sarah Duo : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qecULT01iE

Kierkyguard
14th Jun 2013, 6:16 PM
Alright, I know. I probably would be the last person that anyone expected to like Opera. But I don't like it. I love it. The power behind the singing, is just utterly amazing. Sounds almost an angel (In my ears) as they sing. Their voice is beautiful, and just...Powerful. I do have a few favorite opera singers:

Nana Mouskouri

Maria Callas

Luciano Pavarotti

And there is more. But I just love their singing.

Soooooooo is there any other people like opera? Hmm hmm hmm :D

I absolutely adore Opera :D I'm a soprano in training myself. I love love LOVE Maria Callas... Also Diane Damrau, Mirella Freni, Monserrat Caballé, Janet Baker and Cecilia Bartoli.

VerDeTerre
15th Jun 2013, 3:37 AM
I love the little I've heard, but am not the least bit knowledgeable about it. If I could afford it, I'd go see it. I went to Carmen once. We were stuffed into a balcony and it wasn't my favorite tale, but I still enjoyed it immensely.

RoseCity
15th Jun 2013, 5:24 AM
Kiri! (Chi il bel sogno di Doretta) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7EFmC4tQ7I)

The SimWhisperer
15th Jun 2013, 6:46 AM
I know famous songs,by composers, but tend to mix them all up! Perhaps, I'm more interested in the music, then the lyrics? Seeing I prefer a tenor, like Pavarotti & Bocelli. But, I don't like the high octave soprano in women. However, I like Sarah Brightman, and grew up with Nana Maskouri's music, her voice is beautiful. But, going to an opera, does not interest me. I can appreciate the training and gift of a high soprano. But can only handle it in small doses.

Who knows though, maybe if I saw an opera live, i'd feel differently?

Karen Lorraine
15th Jun 2013, 9:44 AM
I enjoy listening to classical and operatic singing. I have only been to one opera - Carmen (done with a modern take) as they're far too expensive to go and see. I also enjoy musical theatre.

I sing in a local choir and we perform stuff from Vivaldi's Gloria to a Queen (the rock band) medley! I am an alto.

Fashionable
20th Jun 2013, 12:48 PM
Opera is giving me a headache.

Mordecai and Rigby
21st Jun 2013, 2:35 AM
Sure, I'm using it right now--oh wait a second, we're talking music here?! Oh crap :|

Then no, not really. *blushes*

iCad
21st Jun 2013, 3:25 AM
Meh, sopranos. Give me a good contralto any day. Like Eula Beal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdNBgyC88o) (with bonus Yehudi Menuhin on violin). Or Marian Anderson. (Look her up; she was awesome.)

That said, I'm a professional classical musician with a deep, dark secret: I pretty much hate opera. Mostly it's because of its focus on sopranos, to be honest, whom I just don't really appreciate. No offense to anyone who might be one, but...I just never have appreciated soprano singing. Don't really know why, other than my ears just do not well tolerate the upper end of the ranges. (For the same reason, I'm not really fond of violins, either. That's why I play the cello. :lol: )

I do like classical vocal stuff very well, but my tastes run more to the choral (I LOVE Masses and oratorios) or the solo recitals of not-sopranos. I'm good with altos. Tenors. Baritones. (YUM!) Countertenors.

In fact, I REAAAAALLY like countertenors. Almost as much as I like baritones. And the nice thing is that they're enjoying a popularity resurgence. (Look up Bejun Mehta.) Countertenors can often go as high as a your average female soprano, but their voice lacks...I dunno...the shrillness. The tone is different than a mezzo, too. It's just...unique.

Karen Lorraine
21st Jun 2013, 8:51 AM
Oh iCad, i'm with you on this one, but that might be because I'm an alto ;)

I love choral music but then again I'm biased again cos I sing in a choir. The choir has recently performed Faure's Requiem, with a violin, cello, harp and organ accompaniment! It was beautiful!

iCad
21st Jun 2013, 6:56 PM
Oh iCad, i'm with you on this one, but that might be because I'm an alto ;)

My bias likely exists because I'm a woman who sings tenor. :lol: I can appreciate, from a technical viewpoint, a good soprano, but honestly, half the time I want to tell them to STFU. If anyone ever wrote an opera with no sopranos and no diva-esque tenors...Well, that'd be an opera I'd go see. Otherwise...Meh.

I love choral music but then again I'm biased again cos I sing in a choir. The choir has recently performed Faure's Requiem, with a violin, cello, harp and organ accompaniment! It was beautiful!

Hey, I can play 3/4 of those instruments! Well, OK, I imagine the harp was a concert pedal harp, which I CAN play, but I prefer my lever harp, which is more of a folk instrument. And I love playing organ, when I get a chance to play one. Anyway, Faure's Requiem is lovely, and I especially like the Agnus Dei...But then, that's usually my favorite movement of any mass. They always make me cry, but in a good way. I don't think I could ever sing a Mass, because I'd be too busy bawling in various parts. I get misty-eyed enough when I'm accompanying.

Oooh! And I also wanted to ask in my other post but forgot: You mentioned a Queen medley your choir sang. (I love it when choirs do popular stuff.) I wanted to ask what songs were included. I imagine "Bohemian Rhapsody" would be a natural, but what others? *is Queen fan* Gotta love a rock band that includes not one but TWO countertenors. Woo! :lovestruc

allyfly
21st Jun 2013, 8:42 PM
This isn't what you would typically call an opera, but Repo! The Genetic Opera is a great one. It has Sarah Brightman in it. (Also Alexa Vega, Bill Mosely, and Paris Hilton)

Karen Lorraine
21st Jun 2013, 10:49 PM
Hey, I can play 3/4 of those instruments! Well, OK, I imagine the harp was a concert pedal harp, which I CAN play, but I prefer my lever harp, which is more of a folk instrument. And I love playing organ, when I get a chance to play one. Anyway, Faure's Requiem is lovely, and I especially like the Agnus Dei...But then, that's usually my favorite movement of any mass. They always make me cry, but in a good way. I don't think I could ever sing a Mass, because I'd be too busy bawling in various parts. I get misty-eyed enough when I'm accompanying.Yes the harp was a concert pedal harp. It was a new arrangement by David Hill http://youtu.be/-A5dPI0_4Kk. We hired a professional harpist and used 2 students for the cello and violin and a local organist (who is also a music teacher) for the Faure, it was awesome! We have 2 very good sopranos who sing in the choir so one of them sang the soprano solos and we had a guest baritone singer, not a professional but a very good amateur.

Oooh! And I also wanted to ask in my other post but forgot: You mentioned a Queen medley your choir sang. (I love it when choirs do popular stuff.) I wanted to ask what songs were included. I imagine "Bohemian Rhapsody" would be a natural, but what others? *is Queen fan* Gotta love a rock band that includes not one but TWO countertenors. Woo! :lovestrucLol, yes I love Queen too :) The medley contains the following songs: We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust, We Are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and then reprises We Are the Champions.

A couple of years ago we did a concert called Baroque to Rock. We started with the Vivaldi Gloria and finished with the Queen Medley. :)

simmer22
23rd Jun 2013, 1:27 AM
I usually don't like opera. Anything that tries to blow out my eardrums, or anything that sounds like a cat's tail being stepped on, or those songs I can't understand a single word of because they're in some or another language I don't have on my repertoire, and the people in silly costumes trying to sing their way through a silly drama act while only screaming their throats hoarse. I don't see the point of it. I have found opera that is alright, and even some that was lovely, even. But more often than not it's the exception of the rule.

edejan
8th Jul 2013, 10:33 PM
I guess I shouldn't be surprised to find a thread about opera among our high-class sims players (;b). Actually I have developed a love for opera. I come from a musical family (rock and roll/blues) but really love all kinds of music. I have actually been a "super" in some opera productions so I have a close relationship with it. Actually I really love the classics - Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti - excessively. But my current living favorite is Lawrence Brownlee, a young up and comer with a magnificent tenor who doesn't have a lot of recordings or youtube vids yet although he's starting to work in opera houses all over the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rup3Uo9eZcMw

grammapat
10th Jul 2013, 7:29 PM
Duh. I thought you said "Opra" as in "Winfree" - probably spelling her name wrong. Hate her. Don't know anything about Opera.

Lovethesims244
12th May 2014, 1:35 PM
Alright, I know. I probably would be the last person that anyone expected to like Opera. But I don't like it. I love it. The power behind the singing, is just utterly amazing. Sounds almost an angel (In my ears) as they sing. Their voice is beautiful, and just...Powerful. I do have a few favorite opera singers:

Nana Mouskouri

Maria Callas

Luciano Pavarotti

And there is more. But I just love their singing.

Soooooooo is there any other people like opera? Hmm hmm hmm :D

You are not alone in the love of the divinely brilliant sounds of the opera the control that the singers have on their voices is so majestic and wonderful that it lifts you from where you are in to their world,
I have a few other FAV's when it comes to Arias
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Dianna Damrau

However in the opera its self I will always love Mozart the ultimate being the magic flute (THE BEST OPERA IN THE WORLD WITH THE GREATEST ARIAS) :rofl:

VerDeTerre
30th May 2014, 2:55 AM
I like it, but I'm not overly familiar with it. I don't think I was very keen on it for a long time and then realized how lovely some of it is when I watched the movie "Diva", which is about an American opera singer and the French package delivery guy who illegally tapes one of her concerts. When I saw "Moonstruck", I realized again that I really liked some pieces of opera.

I've only been once. We saw Carmen and I wasn't thrilled with it. It was just ok.

Qnshr5
2nd Jul 2014, 5:33 PM
When I was a child, I used to sneak to my room and turn on the radio (volume low) so I could listen to opera. No one in my family (and none of my friends) listened to either opera or classical music and the fact that I did got me teased a lot. I still love it. I have converted a couple friends and sisters to opera. It's one of those things that many people make fun of, but rarely give a fair chance to. See it live before you knock it. If you've never seen an opera, go see a comedy. They're not as long as dramas, easier to get into, and laughter is good for you. Mozart's comedy "Cosi Fan Tutte" was how I got my friends into opera. And they thought opera was only about tragic death. Opera virgins needn't worry when it's not in their native tongue. There are always subtitles. It's like watching a foreign movie/TV show but live. Price, like for any live show, depends on the show, the seats, and the day/time. The MET now shows many of its productions in movie theaters like AMC around the world. So, if you don't have an opera house or company in your area see if you have a movie theater that shows them (this also works if you like eating food while watching).

StupidFlanders
4th Jul 2014, 10:02 AM
Tarja Turunen anybody?

TotallyJW
13th Jul 2014, 10:37 PM
Florence Jenkins is my kind of opera girl.

Karen Lorraine
13th Jul 2014, 11:44 PM
I love Classical music. My favourite period is the Baroque era.

JDacapo
29th Jul 2014, 5:06 AM
I like some opera, and Placido Domingo was quite awesome. Used to watch it a lot with my grandma. Pavarotti was a badass opera singer too.

PANDAQUEEN
20th Jan 2015, 11:52 PM
My exposure to classical and opera was brought into my life through father\daughter sessions of watching Looney Tunes as his appreciation was instilled with the same cartoons. I can't help but think of the poor singer who holds the note until he starts falling apart, turn different colors and essentially brings the house down when a certain note is held that long.

I have a fondness for that one song in Pagliacci where the clown is heartbroken about his recent divorce and he just goes on with the show in his costume and face paint.

Mordecai and Rigby
21st Jan 2015, 2:16 AM
Oh, I use it all the time! ...Wait, you're talking about the music...

Catey
21st Feb 2015, 4:56 AM
I actually am classically trained in voice and sang opera toward the end of my training before i had to quit. Mostly before then I did broadway showtunes, but I sang some of the arias of Madame Butterfly and Hannibal. Which was really cool and hard!

I have so much respect for people who do opera, I would kill to do vocal lessons again