My Take on Opera - A Middle Ground Approach
Opera. Many people claim to despise it. But really, most people ignore it. In part, probably because they've never experienced it. But opera, or perhaps rather operatic excerpts, have their devotees.
I am one of the latter. I do not generally appreciate entire operas. Perhaps it's because I'm used to musicals, in which a story is occasionally "interrupted" by song. The songs are well written, the plot is hot, I love it. However, what I do not like is a musical peppered by 'too many' songs. It's one of the reasons I never enjoyed Thoroughly Modern Millie .
What does one do if they are stuck in the middle ground as I am? Simply listen to the arias, or other excerpts of an opera? Well, I do believe I have an in-between solution for those like me.
Read the libretto (the plot and dialogue). Then play the musical excerpts. That way, you can get a better impact over the emotion of the moment, poured out of the hearts of the better performers. Here is the URL of a collective page for various operatic libretti...
And here is one of my favorite songs from the opera Turandot, entitled Nessun Dorm, sung by rank amateur (at the time) Paul Potts. Feel what he feels. Doesn't he make you want to find out what the opera was all about?
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