Re: New Member
I just joined this opera list the other day and then the Onelist shut
down for maintenance. So...I am just now getting mail, et.
I first fell in love with opera in 1984 when I just happened on to a
broadcast of Tosca on PBS with Pavoratti. I sat down and watch the whole
broadcast and this started the whole new world. Having gone from broadway
musicals to classical music it was time now to grow into opera. I went to
the local library and checked out the recording (the round plastic kind then)
of Tosca and followed the libretto while listening to the music. I started
listening to the Texico broadcast on our local PBS radio station and my
knowledge grew (as well as my record and then CD collection). My favorite
composer is Verdi, I guess, all of the Itailian repoirture(?) is my favoite.
I like several of the French operas also. However, have not been able to
really apprecitate the German operas yet. Tosca will always be my favorite
place in my heart as well as Turandot and Lucia....
I look forward to learning more from the members and am so pleased to
have discovered you. God Bless.
- Debbie, the same thing happened to me. I am an opera lover, an accompanist
rather than singer. And I couldn't really pick out a favorite. Good to hear
from you. Let's keep the list lively. Lee
How good to hear from you! It must be wonderful to play piano...I have
been trying to teach myself so I can play some of the beautiful opera
melodies,etc. Have you accompanied known opera singers? I am having trouble
getting the left hand bass and then putting it all together! I do play
flute, clarinet (high school), classical guitar, and alittle
violin...although none of these well enough to play professionally, just for
my enjoyment. The piano would be a better instrument, wish I had started at a
I am now watching (a little at a time) the tape from the PBS production
recently of The Marriage of Figarro with Byrn Terfel ( I have fallen in
love!!!) and Cecelia Bartoli. Even though I am an obvious Mozart fan I have
never actually seen the opera. Most of my experience so far has been from
records and CD's.
Who are your favorite singers? Thank you for your welcome!
- Debbie, here is a Anecdote about Tosca.
"although Tucker was at heart a generous colleague, confident of his talent,
he couldn't help resenting the furore attendant upon Franco Corelli's arrival
at Tucker's home base, the Met. And, truth to tell, as a species of Italian
Tenor, Corelli enjoyed decisive advantages over Tucker in looks, vocal
endowment, and national birthright. Thus it was with mingled surprise and
gratitude that Tucker greeted Corelli's request to listen to -- indeed
study-- Tucker's rendition of "O dolci mani" in Tosca. Would the great
American share his expertise with the younger Italian? Could he perhaps
transmit some priceless secret in the sculpting of Puccinian melody? Tucker
could and did. ""To sing it right, Franco"", said Tucker, ""you have to be
- Debbie, since I have consentrated on Organ and Piano, I am not familiar with
the current opera stars. I loved Kathleen Battle. And the late Robert
Tucker. I also liked Beverly Sills and still like Pavarotti. There is a
story about Pavarotti that he walks into a clothing store on London's Savile
Row, ultimate posh, and says, "have you anything that would fit me>" Noting
the tenor's golden-age dimensions, the salesman replies, "a handkerchief,
perhaps. I listen to an opera every Saturday at 1:00 on Public Radio, if my
husband does not drag me out of the house to do something. Lee
- Hi Everyone,
I'm a new member here and am very happy to find a place to discuss my
passion in life.....opera!!! I'm looking forward to talking with you!