posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 07:31 PM
I once thought opera music would die out, as many people I know (like my husband) consider it caterwaul. Thanks to the artists who have this passion
it still exists and is a strong cultural component--from, yes, old cartoons to Hollywood films, to offshoots such as operettas.
I like opera music with vocal or sans. (Now, MY singing is caterwaul, but, what the heck, singing along with a diva is great fun and healthy.)
Classical music vocal eludes me, however.
I love Puccini's LaBoheme and Madama Butterfly, Bizet's Carmen, and Delibes's Lakme.
I think if people (young people especially) were told what the opera is about, hearing the translations even, they might find it more interesting,
maybe even appreciative. When you tell people that opera deals with human nature, its joys, its sufferings, who we are, throughout history, they begin
to understand. One opera makes you laugh, another cry, another hear cultural or mythic stories. Opera combines much passion for the soul, singing,
dancing, visual art...
I was fortunate to grow up with a wide range of music, including classical, and appreciation for much.