An Opera challenge! Opera/Vocal Puccini

Another Opera Challenge!

These Opera lovers! They just can’t believe or accept – that a Classical Music “buff” wouldn’t enjoy Opera. So they keep trying to convert me! Out of the 6 opera pieces a friend gave me … This one I like a lot.

Humming chorus from Madame Butterfly by Puccini

  • admin
    March 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This is so true! In my mind/ears I’ve divorced the music from the “production”
    Shouldn’t do that!
    Death Metals substance and musicality? I guess it’s possible. I’ve just never listened long enought to know!
    Thanks for the insightful comment.

  • Emiellucifuge
    March 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Well Jim,
    Opera is not a genre of music. It is an entirely different art that blends music with acting, literature, visual art and all the stage arts. It is the Gesamtkunst.

    If trying to get into opera dont listen to the music, go to your opera house and experience a real production or at least watch the DVD.

    PS – Dont be so quick to dismiss heavy death metal, it has more substance and musicality than those musicians heard on todays popular radio.

  • Jim
    October 14, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Dear fbs – I agree WholeHearedly!
    If anyone claims to be a “music lover”; and then dismisses an entire Musical Genre. Well – they aren’t!

    (*One exception: Heavy Death Metal!!!)

    As for O Mio Babbino Caro (which is here on the Site) – and several other Opera/Vocal pieces I find to be irrestible … See the Topics: “An Opera Challenge” – and “Another Attempt to Convert me to Opera”
    Thanks very much for your feedback. It’s the only way I can really keep in touch with my “listening Audience”! I’ll be having a listen to your reccomendations.

    Best regards,


  • fbs
    October 14, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I am a bit older than you, and have had a passion for classical music for many years, and I share your dislike for operas. It is the opera itself I most dislike, though, not the music. I don’t enjoy the singing commentary in a language I can’t completely understand, and, even if I could be fluent, I’m not sure I’d like the opera. But the music-that’s another thing. There is such beautiful music that was written for operas. Let me give you a very few of my favorites. 1. O Mio Babbino Caro, from Gianni Schicchi. (Puccini) 2. The duet from Bizet, The Pearl Fishers, Au fond du Temple Sont (sp?) 3. Un Bel Di, from Madame Butterfly. I could go on and on, but the point is, beautiful music transcends genre.

  • shari
    September 8, 2008 at 4:52 am

    more opera please jimmy – how could so many be so wrong? hhehe

  • tricia
    September 6, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    oh yes !! – i love this one.