And holy whoa, Anna Netrebko! She was absolutely blow-you-away awesome. Fierce and raw and commanding and sensual and everything Lady Macbeth ought to be, and in amazing voice to boot. It's like the role was written for her. (In addition, her interview at intermission was a hoot! She was so energized and excited, she was bouncing all over the place.) I've always liked her, but now she's even winning over the haters, from what I'm hearing and reading online. It's really nice to see.
If you're into opera at all and you have a free night on Wednesday, try to catch the encore broadcast of this. Or else watch for it to come to PBS (fingers crossed). It's so worth the time.
Apparently this is a "problem opera" or something -- supposed to be like a Viennese operetta and didn't quite manage it, didn't do well at its premiere, etc., etc. WhatEVER. If this is a "problem," I wish all my problems were just like it.
Just imagine if I'd actually understood the words! I'd read the synopsis, so I knew what was going on, but I only actually caught about seven or eight words in the whole opera. They're harder to catch when they're being sung. If I'm really going to make a go of being an opera fan, I have GOT to brush up on my Italian. (Not that it'll help with the German, French, and Russian operas, but at least it'll be a start!)
But maybe it's just as well. If I'd actually been experiencing the meaning of the words along with the music, I might have had to pull over to the side of the road and bawl. Seriously, it was that powerful.
"Giuseppe Verdi at 200: An appreciation"
It's not like I know much about Verdi -- as I said, opera newbie here. But I love the writer's enthusiasm. I love this:
"Here’s where I’m supposed to sit down and write some big expository paragraph in sober-sounding prose explaining all the facts and why Verdi is amazing and why you should care. And I can’t do it. Verdi is way too personal for me. . . .
"I can’t explain to you why you should like Verdi, because I can’t believe you won’t hear it for yourself. It’s hardest for us to teach, or explain, the things that come most naturally to us, and for me Verdi has always made perfect sense. Something about his work accords with my sense of how life works, and how stories can be told and experienced."
We all have artists (composers, writers, whoever) that we feel like that about. I love that Anne Midgette has expressed this so well for all of us.
(Also, I like this: ". . . the plot synopses, which I find almost impossible to understand . . ." I looked up some Verdi plot synopses, and they are almost impossible to understand. Maybe that's why Eugene Onegin's lack of plot doesn't bother me, or even appeals to me -- because so many operas with plots just get silly!)
( However, I shall try . . . )
Hmm. I'd rather be Beethoven (see icon), but I guess that sounds about right.
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Got a musical preferences quiz from mary_j_59. My results:
Upbeat & Conventional
59% Reflective-Complex, 6% Intense-Rebellious, 83% Upbeat-Conventional and 30% Energetic-Rhythmic!
The Upbeat and Conventional dimension expresses predominantly positive emotions, is simple in structure, and is moderately energetic.
The external correlates of the Upbeat and Conventional dimension reveal positive correlations with Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, conservatism, self-perceived physical attractiveness, and athleticism and negative correlations with Openness to New Experiences, social dominance orientation, liberalism, and verbal ability. Our analyses suggest that individuals who enjoy listening to upbeat and conventional music are cheerful, socially outgoing, reliable, enjoy helping others, see themselves as physically attractive, and tend to be relatively conventional.
I'm tickled to think that someone who's constantly switching back and forth between the country and classical stations would be labeled "conventional."
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