The Beauty of Opera

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The Beauty of Opera

Postby searchengineguy » Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:08 am

We made it over to Spain as a team recently for the World Veterans Table Tennis championships and were all tired from the trip. We all booked in and had our first team dinner when one of the young ladies in our group offered to sing for us as entertainment during the meal. Of course we said yes and waited in anticipation for her performance.

Now get this, she was born in Australia of German heritage with a strong Aussie accent. Lydia is a music teacher in one of the prominent Catholic schools here. She was supporting her German born grandfather who was competing in the over 80's and is a widower. In the video he is the elderly chap in the green t-shirt behind the lady in the green top. She is singing an Italian operetta in a Spanish restaurant. There was no musical accompaniment and she just did it for fun and our delight.

From what I remember she was singing about a teenage girl that was in love with a bloke that her father wasn't enamoured of and I think Rian might like this one:

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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby Rian » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:23 pm

That's really cool! What a surprise - out of the blue, an opera singer shares a song!

I've taken the kids to symphonies and light opera (i.e., Gilbert and Sullivan), but never "real" opera, and I've been wanting to do that this year.
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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby searchengineguy » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:02 pm

Rian wrote:That's really cool! What a surprise - out of the blue, an opera singer shares a song!

I've taken the kids to symphonies and light opera (i.e., Gilbert and Sullivan), but never "real" opera, and I've been wanting to do that this year.

I've never been to one either, we actually saw another professional opera recital in another restaurant that uplifted me and made me a lil misty eyed even though I was clueless about what they we singing about. It was a great experience and with some knowledge of the story behind it would have made it even better. I'll put together some shots of the trip to share later when I get through sorting them and find a good photo sharing site.
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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby Rian » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:03 pm

I know some opera purists really knock superscripting, but if it's done discreetly, I think it's helpful and could build a greater opera following, which would help opera. When I took the kids to see HMS Pinafore, it was superscripted, and even though I know it well and can sing most of the songs, I was surprised to find out that there were some things that I had missed. I enjoyed being able to read it when I wasn't sure of what they had just said.
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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby searchengineguy » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:18 am

Rian wrote:I know some opera purists really knock superscripting, but if it's done discreetly, I think it's helpful and could build a greater opera following, which would help opera. When I took the kids to see HMS Pinafore, it was superscripted, and even though I know it well and can sing most of the songs, I was surprised to find out that there were some things that I had missed. I enjoyed being able to read it when I wasn't sure of what they had just said.

Yes it would be nice to get the full story. I guess that's why people return to see the same operas. They see the first show, get some research done and view it again. Or maybe they see it and the body language is good enough to work out what's going on. I'm hooked now!
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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby Stacie Cook » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:00 pm

Wow. That was amazing.

Did any glasses break? ;)
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Re: The Beauty of Opera

Postby searchengineguy » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:31 am

Stacie Cook wrote:Wow. That was amazing.

Did any glasses break? ;)

Glad you enjoyed it too Stacie. Nah, we made sure they kept getting re-filled as empty glasses are especially at risk. I'll put up a link to all the churches and religious figurines that we saw over there in the next couple of weeks. We took over 3,500 photos and videos, still sorting through them all in between work.

Here's some info on one of the amazing churches we saw, Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família.http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/23/gaudi-sagrada-familia-church-basilica-final-construction-barcelona-spain/ It costs over 25 million Euro pa for its construction, which is mainly fed by the entrance fees. I didn't really like it that much, but a catholic priest in our group was ecstatic about it.
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