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Volunteer chorus members in a professional chorus- what`s it like?

I'm thinking of joining (as a volunteer) a professional chorus that performs with the local symphony opera. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 21, 2016 - 4 answers

What's the best way to hear classical music / opera online

I'm setting my 80-year-old dad up with a laptop. All he wants from this is to hear classical music and opera online. What can I bookmark on this laptop for him?
posted by goofyfoot on Apr 2, 2016 - 28 answers

Wagner's Ring Cycle: Which one for the uninitiated?

I have never been a huge fan of Wagner (I can only stomach Dutchman), but a friend of mine will be visiting soon and wants me to take him to the opera. I am a massive opera fan but don't want to spoil his introduction to the art form with something as arcane as Wagner. Alas, the Ring is all that's on offer for the weekend of his visit. With this in mind, what do you think would be the most "accessible" of the Ring operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walker, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)? I'm asking for his sake as much as my own!
posted by lecorbeau on Mar 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Mobile sites that work in Opera for Nokia S40?

Can anyone recommend mobile web sites that are fairly viewable using the Opera browser on a phone running the Nokia S40 operating system? News sites would be my go to, but anything with mildly interesting written content (sports, entertainment, travel, etc..) works too.
posted by eelgrassman on Mar 4, 2016 - 1 answer

Using privacy add-ons without breaking the internet

What combination of Firefox privacy add-ons offers the most privacy while still retaining website functionality? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me make an enjoyable Opera Mix!

I'd like to start exploring the world of opera. Can you please recommend the names of some of the most popular pieces that I could compile into a mix (specifically to listen to while driving across country). [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Mar 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Need help purchasing opera tickets for a performance at the Teatro Colon

Me and my husband are going to Argentina for a vacation in June. We really wanted to see an opera at the Teatro Colon on June 16 called Quartett, but we're having a hard time figuring out how to purchase tickets. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Mar 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Proper attire for an opera

Too many years of casual clothing-living has left me with no frame of reference. I'm attending my first opera next month and I'm wondering what the proper attire is. The opera is in Los Angeles and, if it makes any difference, I'm sitting in the nose bleed section.
posted by pibeandres on Oct 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Does Handel's Agrippina contain the theme from Rocky?

I was listening to Handel's opera Agrippina I distinctly heard the first few bars of the theme from Rocky. Google does not seem to agree. [more inside]
posted by big friendly giant on Mar 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Easy listening opera!

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 - 17 answers

ID the song in this 90s Australian Schwarzkopf commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9_UqEs88f0 Does anyone know if the music for this ad was part of a longer piece, or if it was custom-made for this ad? I've tried to Soundhound it, to no avail. Thanks
posted by travellingincognito on Jan 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Has anyone heard of Simpson College?

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 - 43 answers

Things To Do In Paris Over The Holidays?

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 - 6 answers

Looking for Disastrous or Cursed Performances

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 - 32 answers

Chicken in a Bizet?`

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 - 14 answers

Looking for music featuring children sing. Tiny voices - Huge perfomance

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 - 10 answers

And I like the part that goes, "Dum-dum-dum-DUN-DUN-TAH!"

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 - 24 answers

Help me find this humorous "cliff notes" version of Götterdämmerung.

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 - 3 answers

Best Wagner recording on Spotify?

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 - 2 answers

Strange, short surge in visits from Opera Mini users

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 - 5 answers

Opera's URL Filtering Tribulations

I'm trying to setup Opera to allow surfing on one site only, but my URL filter is failing me. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Apr 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How do operatic singing techniques optimize for volume?

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 - 3 answers

Name that film! Post-apocalyptic 80s Sydney

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 - 7 answers

A subscription service for classical and opera that beats Rhapsody?

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 - 7 answers

What is the difference between musicals and operas?

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 - 19 answers

Opera doesn't want me wasting my time

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 - 9 answers

Sorry, Philip, but your Einstein is on another beach

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 - 8 answers

Opera for Dummies?

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 - 28 answers

Help me find lyrics of Knee Play 4 from “Einstein on the Beach” by Philip Glass

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 - 7 answers

Popcorn and Wagner

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 - 9 answers

Has Anyone Preferred The Words To The Music?

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 - 36 answers

How does Throat Coat work?

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 - 6 answers

Name That Eunuch

Seeking a name for a comedy castrato character in a Hogarthian project. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Jan 19, 2012 - 10 answers

"Soft and graceful and ladies singing."

Operafilter: Soprano-heavy, French recs for a 5 y/o [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Are "Rock Operas" really operas?

Are "Rock Operas" really operas? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Dec 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Tips for Getting London Culture on the Cheap?

How can I find cheap tickets for cultural events in London? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Dec 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Stop! Opera time.

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 - 14 answers

Opera Mini Android Excessive Storage

Opera Mini for Android using too much storage space that needs to be freed up. [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Oct 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Touch-a, touch-a, touch-a, touch me - web browser edition.

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 - 3 answers

Know any good opera blogs?

Can anyone recommend a good opera blog? Opera the art form, I mean, not opera the browser.
posted by JanetLand on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Me Dig Siegfried

Help me do a crash course in Wagner's Ring Cycle in general and Siegfried in particular! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for good theater, opera, ballet, musicals, etc in the DC metro area

Looking for good theater, opera, ballet, musicals, etc in the DC metro area [more inside]
posted by wooh on May 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Whole operas online?

Anyone know where I can listen to whole operas online? [more inside]
posted by iivix on Mar 25, 2011 - 5 answers

...the composer, not the pizza

Which recording of Andrea Chénier, the opera by Umberto Giordano, is the best? And why?
posted by phunniemee on Jan 2, 2011 - 1 answer

news! news! news! news! news!

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 - 17 answers

Find my kids some weird and wonderful rock and roll movies

Suggest some quirky rock and roll/pop music themed movies for teens. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Oct 3, 2010 - 28 answers

How can I use multiple browsers more efficiently?

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 - 7 answers

First time at the opera

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 - 19 answers

Help me find this Barcelona nightclub again!

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 - 3 answers

Please identiy this classic music snippet

Can someone please identify this very pleasant piece of classical music for me? (OGM format). Thanks.
posted by zaebiz on Jun 29, 2010 - 8 answers

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