I enjoy listening to classical music while I work on creative pursuits and lately I've been hankering for more opera. I really enjoy Handel's Messiah (the whole thing, not just the chorus). I know the Messiah isn't technically an opera but wanted to give you a sense of the musical and vocal styles I'm enjoying right now. I also like Wagner's Ring cycle though that's not quite as "listenable" to me. Given this, what operas would you recommend? I'm really looking for specific opera titles, not just composers I might like.
posted by purple_bird
on Feb 22, 2014 -
My son is interested in Simpson College, in Indianola Iowa. It seems to be a reasonable choice for him, but we can't find any seemingly independent first hand accounts of the School. Can somebody help? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA
on Nov 25, 2013 -
I will be in Paris for a week and some change between Christmas and New Years. I've been before so I know all the standard tourist spots- but I know the holiday season will mess up openings and closings so I'm interested in fun, interesting things and places ...that will be open. Ideally looking for performances, music, English-language theater, etc. I'll be traveling with a classical musician with a fondness for opera, so looking for things along those lines. Any seasonally specific events or things I shouldn't miss?
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I know that Macbeth is a cursed play. I know there were riots at the first performance of the Rite of Spring. I know that when you read the script for the King in Yellow you go insane. Are there any more examples of performance art that has a disastrous, cursed, or otherwise spooky reputation? Theater, dance, opera, paintings, etc all okay.
posted by hishtafel
on Oct 1, 2013 -
I just woke up from a nap, and the song in my head is a chicken singing (byuck-ing) the Habanera aria from Carmen. I could have sworn this appeared in a cartoon or movie or commercial, but can't find anything on YouTube or Google. Sounds like it could have been the Muppets? Please help me find it so that I may feel a little more sane.
posted by juniper
on Sep 25, 2013 -
Do you know any albums or artists that heavily feature very young voices done in a serious matter? Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dok4wJ4pqo0 [more inside]
posted by Sentus
on Sep 15, 2013 -
Classical music (and opera) for a beginner! Where to start with hundreds of years of music? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh
on Jul 22, 2013 -
Many years ago I heard a very funny recording that I know not the name of. It consisted of a woman (maybe a former opera singer?) explaining the story of the Wagner opera "Götterdämmerung". [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse
on Jun 15, 2013 -
Inspired by the recent Stephen Fry Wagner documentary, I'd like to listen to some of his operas at work. What are the best recordings of them that are on Spotify?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants
on Jun 4, 2013 -
Today, one page of our website experienced a 1 h surge: about 600 unique visitors landed there after doing a highly specific search on Google. The question was relevant and our (non-commercial) site ranks 1rst for this question, so while unusual this can be explained except for one thing: all those visitors were using the Opera Mini browser on a mobile device connected to a service provider that Google Analytics calls "Opera software asa". Also, the surge peaked at 11 am GMT+1 and then was basically over (no tail). Any idea of what happened? [more inside]
posted by elgilito
on Apr 25, 2013 -
Someone once told me that a lot of the distinctive "sound" of opera developed as a way to be heard without amplification. Two specific claims I remember: diphthongs are separated into multiple monophthonic syllables, and phonemes which are hard to sing loudly are replaced by easier ones (which sometimes don't even exist in that language). There were others relating to actual singing that I forgot. Does anyone know of a good discussion of this topic that talks about biomechanics and acoustics? Not to ignore artistic and historical considerations, but I'm looking for a somewhat technical discussion. In particular, I'd love to see a comparison with singing styles developed for amplification and recording.
posted by d. z. wang
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I am seeking the name of a film, set in post-apocalyptic Sydney (Australia). I could have sworn it had Cassandra Harris in it, but IMDB disagrees. It was filmed and was set in in the early- to mid-80s, and had a bunch of people running around trying to escape the nuclear fallout that hit the Opera House and ended up in the northern beaches. The film wasn't necessarily good, but it resonated. Can you name the film? Thanks!
posted by goo
on Feb 9, 2013 -
Rhapsody's catalog is pretty good, but poor search and spotty album info are making me unhappy. I want to be able to choose albums and tracks to stream, so I'm not looking for radio. Opera is my priority. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers
on Feb 8, 2013 -
I understand that a lot of musicals are basically theatrical performances with lots of music; however, what about musicals like Les Miserables that are told entirely through song? Why don't we call them operas as well?
posted by jamincan
on Jan 18, 2013 -
Opera won't load Facebook on my computer about 75% of the time. It tells me "Internal Communication Error: You tried to access the address http://www.facebook.com/, which is currently unavailable." I am using a Mac. Facebook is not down, and other browsers work fine. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I suddenly realized this morning that of all the recordings of Philip Glass I've got, I don't have Einstein on the Beach
. And now I want to listen to it. If Amazon had only one or two versions, I'd just buy one and be done with it, but there are over half a dozen different productions to choose from... Which one should I buy, if I'm only going to buy one? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Jan 14, 2013 -
I would really love to truly enjoy the magic and beauty of opera, but I'm a complete novice. While I have enjoyed Broadway style musicals since I was a child, opera has escaped me. Are there any books, specific productions or recordings I should read, watch or hear? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ
on Sep 28, 2012 -
What words are the chorus singing beginning here
in Knee Play 4 of Philip Glass's “Einstein on the Beach”? Alas much googling has failed me.
posted by nfg
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Are there any MeFites who go to The Met: Live in HD
performances at their local movieplexes? In particular, did anyone catch the Ring Cycle in 2010
(in person or via Live in HD)? It's playing again over the next few weeks, and I'm trying to decide whether to commit the time and money for more than the new documentary about the production
. I'd love to hear your opinions about the Met performances in particular, and about "live performance at the cinema" in general.
posted by catlet
on May 2, 2012 -
Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 20, 2012 -
How does Throat Coat tea work? Singers and people who use their voice professionally all seem to recommend Throat Coat to soothe vocal strain, but I'm interested in how it works. If I twisted my ankle, I wouldn't want to take a pain killer and keep running. Does Throat Coat contain some sort of herbal anaesthetic? Can anyone tell me how it works so well?
posted by surenoproblem
on Mar 23, 2012 -
I love opera anyway, but I particularly love the "Caro, Cara
" duet from Handel's Faramondo. What are some similarly beautiful opera pieces I should hear?
posted by katillathehun
on Oct 8, 2011 -
Opera Mini for Android using too much storage space that needs to be freed up. [more inside]
posted by 6550
on Oct 7, 2011 -
Help me find the optimal web browser for my ASUS eee Slate tablet PC
. It is a fully functional PC in an iPad-like package. I love it, but I'm having a hard time finding a browser configuration that I like. [more inside]
posted by jeoc
on Aug 28, 2011 -
Can anyone recommend a good opera blog? Opera the art form, I mean, not opera the browser.
posted by JanetLand
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Looking for good theater, opera, ballet, musicals, etc in the DC metro area [more inside]
posted by wooh
on May 9, 2011 -
I'm going to the opera! Will I be able to see okay? What about when I get fidgety? What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by troika
on Dec 29, 2010 -
Any tools/tricks/plugins for surfing the internet with more than one browser at a time? I use Firefox, Opera, and Chrome all at the same time and want some way to get links and data from one to the other without continually copying and pasting. [more inside]
posted by meowzilla
on Sep 8, 2010 -
First time at the opera: How can I get the most out of my first trip to the opera? On the weekend, I'm seeing Marriage of Figaro in English. Will it help to read up on the plot, beforehand? What can I do to make the experience as enjoyable as possible? What aspects should I keep an eye/ear out for? I have no experience with opera in my adult life.
posted by surenoproblem
on Sep 8, 2010 -
I would love to find this great Barcelona hidden bohemian opera cocktail bar again, can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by alchemist
on Aug 23, 2010 -
Is there a way to get a Flash player to work on a Wii? We were trying to watch a tv show off of abc.com using the Opera browser on the Wii and got stopped in our tracks after it requiring Flash. Please advice!
posted by raspsgirl
on Jun 11, 2010 -
Is there a way to buy tickets for the National Grand Theater in Beijing while in the US? The website says that even if you order on the phone, you have to pick them up in person within 24 hours after ordering. [more inside]
posted by shazzam
on Feb 21, 2010 -
Calling All Opera Buffs: My darling husband absolutely adores Prince Igor
(Alexander Borodin et al), but he's never experienced it on stage. He has a milestone birthday coming up and I would like to take him to a performance, regardless of where it might be: anywhere in the world is just fine. Metafilter opera buffs, do you know of any current or planned productions by a reputable opera company? Is there an information clearinghouse on opera productions I could consult if I need an alternative or can't pull this off soon? Thanks so much.
posted by carmicha
on Jan 27, 2010 -
I'm interested in attending one of the upcoming Met Opera HD live events
at a local movie theater, probably for one of the Saturday Matinees in Savannah, GA. Does anyone have any experiences with this? Are there English subtitles? Is the audience etiquette generally better, worse, or about the same as a movie? Or are we likely to be two people among a dozen opera buffs?
It's been years since I've seen an opera, and that was usually in the $12 seats in the third balcony.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Dec 29, 2009 -