Opera and Musicals

#1

Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

You can imagine my disappointment then when the planned ‘Opera Centre’ in Limerick, far from having a grand opera house as its centre piece instead has a Boots chemist as its anchor tenant as it turns out it will be a solely retail development. The ‘Opera’ in the title remains to be explained.

#2

Bit mainstream for me SS. You’re like so many of the opera “fans” in this country - halfwits who jump on the bandwagon of what they hear on BBC Radio 3* all day. What about opening your ears to the likes of The Maiden in the Tower or something even marginally left-field?

  • I’ve no problem per se with BBC Radio 3 but they’re just milking opera as a cash cow and there’s fuck all exploration of traditional operating boundaries. Opera didn’t beging and end in Italy you know.
#3

I try to listen to classical and operatic music from time to time, its something I’d love to know more about, my knowledge is so limited. I love Carmen though.

#4

I’m not sure if you’re both taking the piss but I do like a bit of opera, though I know fuck all about it.

#5

I can’t say I have ever been to or listened to an opera in my life. My experience with this style of music doesn’t go beyond Morse. :stuck_out_tongue:

Love classical music however, listening to Dvorak as we speak.

#6

[quote=“SHANNONSIDER**”]Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

You can imagine my disappointment then when the planned ‘Opera Centre’ in Limerick, far from having a grand opera house as its centre piece instead has a Boots chemist as its anchor tenant as it turns out it will be a solely retail development. The ‘Opera’ in the title remains to be explained.[/QUOTE]

It’s named after some Opera singer beour that came from Patrick St, the proposed site of this new shopping mall. It’ll be a long time before it’s built though and in the meantime Patirck st is failing into ruin. The local shop owners cleaned up out of it though when they sold their leases to the developers.

#7

[quote=“Turenne”]I can’t say I have ever been to or listened to an opera in my life. My experience with this style of music doesn’t go beyond Morse. :stuck_out_tongue:

Love classical music however, listening to Dvorak as we speak.[/QUOTE]

Tchaikovsky would be my personal favourite, the 6th Symphony, the last work of a man about to take his own life, impressive.

I was listening to a compliation CD thingy the other week in the car, some brilliance on it - Mascagni’s Ave Maria, quite brilliant.

#8

Are there any houses in the South East where one could experience Opera?

#9

There’s been some deadly relatively unknown Russian ones at an opera festival I attend on an annual basis.

#10

[quote=“SHANNONSIDER**”]Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

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Used to go the odd time when I lived in Warsaw. Carmen, Aida, Nabucco, Ideomeo. Bit of an event really. The young fella is collecting a set of operas which come with the paper every week here at the moment, you get a DVD of the opera, a CD and a book explaining it all for about a fiver.

#11

[quote=“balbec;175256][QUOTE=SHANNONSIDER**”]Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

QUOTE]

Used to go the odd time when I lived in Warsaw. Carmen, Aida, Nabucco, Ideomeo. Bit of an event really. The young fella is collecting a set of operas which come with the paper every week here at the moment, you get a DVD of the opera, a CD and a book explaining it all for about a fiver.[/QUOTE]

Thats hugely impressive Balbec.

I went to school with Ireland’s greatest tenor - Anthony Kearns. He’s an exceptionally nice bloke, and apparently quite a good singer.

#12

opera is gay

#13

[quote=“balbec;175256][QUOTE=SHANNONSIDER**”]Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

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Used to go the odd time when I lived in Warsaw. Carmen, Aida, Nabucco, Ideomeo. Bit of an event really. The young fella is collecting a set of operas which come with the paper every week here at the moment, you get a DVD of the opera, a CD and a book explaining it all for about a fiver.[/QUOTE]

went to a few in college, madame butterfly, la boheme, the usual crowd-pullers.
saw one on holiday in budapest, and they can certainly put on a show.
bit of a difference in standard between a mickey-mouse operation in the arse-end of ireland and a full-scale production in one of the great capital cities of europe.

not a bad night out really.
been meaning to catch one of the Met cinema showings, probably as close as i’ll ever get to one.

#14

i was brought to a dress rehersal for madame butterfly during the major opera festival in the southeast when i was in like transition year… and wasnt a fan but i hear there is some amazing operas

#15

At least as Gay as Francesco Totti:D

#16

Last opera I attened was the “Mines of Sulphur” by Richard Rodney Bennett at the local internationally renowned Opera Festival.

The fine performance was enjoyed by all.

#17

[quote=“SHANNONSIDER**”]Any fans here? I’d have to say Il trovatore and Turandot would be my own personal favourites.

You can imagine my disappointment then when the planned ‘Opera Centre’ in Limerick, far from having a grand opera house as its centre piece instead has a Boots chemist as its anchor tenant as it turns out it will be a solely retail development. The ‘Opera’ in the title remains to be explained.[/QUOTE]

i thought limerick opera house had been moved from the half built but stopped due to funds shopping centre with ice rink beside the parkway retail centre to the granary … although i dont think limerick folk would be sophificated enough for the opera anyway so having a drug store main tenant of the opera centre instead of an opera house is probably more in line

#18

[quote=“Fitzy”]Tchaikovsky would be my personal favourite, the 6th Symphony, the last work of a man about to take his own life, impressive.

I was listening to a compliation CD thingy the other week in the car, some brilliance on it - Mascagni’s Ave Maria, quite brilliant.[/QUOTE]

I’m currently listening to a lot of piano work - Stravinksy and Chopin in particular. And Bach, the automatic choice for any beginner.

Its the great thing about illegal downloading, you can get into different genres of music in great depth with great ease.

#19

Here now are we digressing into classical music or what?

#20

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