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    Redux!

    Leontyne Price in the aria "Io son l'umile ancella"

    The final note is a thing of beauty.

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    Oh, I don't think I can answer one for each question. Hehe.

    Operas.

    La Boheme, Manon Lescaut, La Forza del destino, Pagliacci

    Composers

    Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo

    Artists

    Tucker, del Monaco, Callas, Caballe, Caruso (of course).
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    Carmen (bit predictable but hey)...
    Manon (Lescat... love the story as much as the Opera)

    Puccini, Motzart, Beizet

    I am not really into the detail of who is singing, obviously some of the more famous make a difference, but for me it's as much about the acting as the singing... some opera singers are pure ham...

    I actually prefer ballet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I love Porgy & Bess, so it's not surprising that I also love Leontyne Price. I hesitate to name a favorite with as little exposure as I have to opera in the big picture, though.
    Yay!

    Edit - It was Jessye Norman I saw it the lead. I was in the nose-bleed section with the rest of my music history class, but we got to meet her briefly afterward. It was fantastic. The way she moved reminded me of a lioness. Her vocal control and ability to project pianissimo is what I remembered most.

    Opera needs to be seen live because it is an integration of all the senses. I don't think I have the mental concentration ability to appreciate Wagner, but I am especially fond of Puccini. I also have a fondness for early opera like Monteverdi and Gluck.

    Magdalena Kozena is my favorite mezzo-soprano.
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    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV3F_yNSQwM"]Anna Netrebko[/YOUTUBE] is lovely ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
    Yay!

    Edit - It was Jessye Norman I saw it the lead. I was in the nose-bleed section with the rest of my music history class, but we got to meet her briefly afterward. It was fantastic.
    No way! That is incredible! I think I'd pass out from excitement if I ever did meet her. She's one of my absolute favourites.

    The way she moved reminded me of a lioness. Her vocal control and ability to project pianissimo is what I remembered most.
    What's especially amazing about her vocal control is the size of the voice. Rarely do you find such a blend of massive vocals and such splendid vocal refinement. Its usually one or the other.

    I don't think I have the mental concentration ability to appreciate Wagner, but I am especially fond of Puccini.
    Wagner's early operas are more traditional in their structure and more lyric. Lohengrin and The Flying Dutchman make wonderful, accessible intros to his style.

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    This performance is famous for the beautiful, solid high E-flat, which Callas interpolates towards the end, that soars over the chorus and orchestra.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXXkiM9LsD4"]Maria Callas - Triumphal March from Verdi's Aida[/YOUTUBE]

    Listen to how the audience can barely contain themselves after that note.

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    I like Mozart operas. They are elegant, witty and funny but still not superficial. Nineteenth century opera is very beautiful but from a dramatic point of view it's a bit too heavy for me. It takes itself so seriously.
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    Der Ring des Nibelungen - Wagner (especially Götterdämmerung)

    Here is a small taste YouTube - Gotterdammerung Finale
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