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March 31st, 2011
02:04 pm


MSM teachers
So, any current students here? Any dirt? Any raves? I haven't personally studied with any of them and am weighing my options.

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February 16th, 2011
11:44 am


Opera: Tosca, usually. may change to Lohengrin from time to time.

Role (that you sing) : im only in training, silly :P

Role (that you could potentially sing many many years from now): Cavaradossi, and i HOPE, Lohengrin.

Role (that you will probably never sing): Tonio or Arturo.

Aria (to listen to/will probably never sing) : A te o cara

Aria (you could potentially sing in the future): In Fernem Land

Aria (to sing right now): Hmm.... Che belta che leggiadria from la finta giardiniera

For Gals :

For Guys:
Soprano and Mezzo/Contralto Roles: Carmen, Tosca, Brunhilde, Aida, Musetta, Donna Anna

Female singers (5) Only five, seriously??
Maria Callas
Kiri Te Kanawa
Kirsten Flagstad
Leontyne Price
Jessye Norman

Male Singers (5) Really? five only??
Mario del Monaco
Franco Corelli
Lauritz Melchior
Jonas Kauffman
Bryn Terfel

Italian Art Song(s) dont know many...
Pieta signore
Sei tu m'ami

Der Erlkonig (...)
Standchen (Schubert)
Wie bist du meine Konigin (Brahms)
Von Ewiger Liebe (Brahms)
Fruhlingstraum (Schubert)

Opera Composer: Puccini, Verdi, Wagner.

Musical Period: Romantic. what else.


Least Favorite Opera: never thought about that... but i thought les arts florissant by charpentier was very very boring. sorry.

Least Favorite Role ( to listen to): alot of micaela.. but there are many that are kick arse.

Least Favorite Role (that you see looming in your future): Monostatos.

Least Favorite Aria (To listen to): i dont normally listen to stuff i dont like.... all'armi sung by 'period voices'. if corelli or someone like that did it im sure it'd be amazing.

Least Favorite Aria (To sing): Alles fuhlt der liebe leute. too fast for me now, but ill get there and ill like it in the future.

Least Favorite Composer: Bach. Im sorry, but his fans are so elitist and they sing it like weak little 2 year olds. and it sounds all the same.

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11:16 am


a troll on purpose
it seems, that whenever i come onto the internet to talk about singing, the same stuff always comes up. its always the same technique stuff that i actually know is wrong. i was wondering if anyone else out there felt the same way.

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October 29th, 2010
08:16 pm


Opera in the back room of a pub. What do we think of this?

The King's Head Theatre in London has recently declared itself to be London's third opera house. Unlike ROH and the Coliseum, there is no proscenium arch or orchestra pit - there's also no orchestra, just a piano.

I've seen two productions by OperaUpClose, La Boheme (at the sister theatre The Cock Tavern before The King's Head became opera-only) and The Barber of Seville. I really enjoyed the Puccini. The translation was witty, the production coherent and clever and while the singers didn't have your typical Puccini voices, you wouldn't want them to in that size of venue. I didn't enjoy the Rossini as much, mostly because the production wasn't as well thought through and the voices weren't quite agile enough. It got good reviews, but that was with a different cast to the one I saw.

As long as it's well sung and well directed, I really like the idea of a permanent venue for small-scale opera. The tickets are quite cheap so it's good for first-timers. There's great scope for doing interesting things with staging (the second act of Boheme, for example, was performed in the pub rather than the theatre, surrounded by bemused regulars. It's nice to see opera in more intimate venues and not to be charged £7 for a programme, and it's a good opportunity for young singers to get experience and, presumably, to get paid.

Of course, there's nowhere to hide. These are shoestring productions, so if the singing and acting are not all that they could be there's no chance of taking refuge in the set or costumes. English translations show up any dramatic weaknesses, and piano reductions rely on the fantasticness of the pianist. It's risky, but that's what I like about it.

Would you go to see opera in a pub theatre?

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October 11th, 2010
11:27 pm


Joan Sutherland 1926-2010
The incomparable Joan Sutherland has passed away.

La Stupenda!Collapse )

Just truly devastating. She was such an inspiration. <3

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Casta Diva, what else?

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October 5th, 2010
09:55 am


Hello my lovely singing lovilies
I have no idea why this community is not letting people post right away: all the settings are how they should be!


In any event, I have just changed the community so everyone can post! I am trusting you to behave, I don't want to turn you all to goons!

To get the conversation started... The new Season is upon us World-Wide! What are you all looking forward to? What are you anxious about??

Until next time, my lovelies!

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July 18th, 2010
09:18 am


Carmen in 5 seconds
For shits and giggles...

That's me smacking the teeth out of Zuniga

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July 16th, 2010
03:32 pm


Una furtiva lagrima
The famous "Una furtiva lagrima" aria by Oleg Predtechensky - the leader of russian "Flowers" band.

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July 15th, 2010
06:50 pm


Help me find opera outlets and teachers? Pretty please?
Hi, all-

It's been a long while since I last posted in here, and now that I've relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon area, I haven't been able to find many outlets, or opportunities to continue voice lessons (and I would hope to find a teacher who has a reasonable rate...), or to even see an opera.

Would any of you fine lovers of opera be able to assist me in this endeavour?

Much love, respect, and thanks-

Current Location: Vancouver, Washington
Current Mood: artisticartistic

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June 21st, 2010
09:21 pm


Help with Vocal Skills?
I am currently working on "The Jewell Song" from Faust and I am really struggling with learning how to do a vocal trill (which, of course, opens the piece).

I have never been able to do these, and would really like to learn how!

Anyone know of any good exorcises or resources that can help?


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