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to love La Traviata best of all?

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DorothyL Sat 25-Jul-15 22:49:16

Such beautiful, beautiful music

carabos Sat 25-Jul-15 23:18:16

Yes indeed, but I feel like that about whichever opera I've just seen grin.

DialMforMummy Sat 25-Jul-15 23:19:56

I was in tears when I saw it. YANBU.

AgentProvocateur Sat 25-Jul-15 23:40:50

YANBU. it's very moving.

rainingsleepingbags Sun 26-Jul-15 00:04:42

I love Tosca. It was the first opera I ever saw and it was magical. I listen to it quite a lot and it always moves me.

Quite like La Traviata too!

SorchaN Sun 26-Jul-15 00:30:06

La Traviata is wonderful. And I saw an amazing production of Rigoletto not long ago - it didn't shirk from the horror at all. And I once saw La Boheme in Vienna, which was quite an experience. And then there was the week I spent watching the Ring... I don't think I can choose a favourite. Like carabos said, it's whatever I'd just seen.

Wolpertinger Sun 26-Jul-15 10:03:30

It is very very beautiful music.

But the plot is hmm although not as bad as Werther It's hard to see that the leading man is worth her effort as he's so bloody useless. Even his dad thinks he's not worth it grin

I couldn't pick a favourite and what I like is usually the production as well as the music. Not keen on Puccini though - great arias, dull filler and a tendency to torture women to death.

AwakeCantSleep Sun 26-Jul-15 10:19:38

YANBU. La Traviata is wonderful. Everything by Verdi is, really. The ending of Aida, for example. I have no words to describe it.

I've seen a performance of Rusalka (by Dvorak) recently, in a fantastic production, and I've fallen in love with it on first hearing.

One that's stuck in my mind from years and years ago is Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc. It's set during the French revolution. Extremely moving (and very sad) ending.

It's fair to say I just love opera �� and wish I had more opportunities to experience live opera (I live in the SW).

Wolpertinger Sun 26-Jul-15 10:31:30

Everything by Verdi is God, not bloody Falstaff grin

I'm luckily in travelling distance of London but see most of our opera in touring productions or local groups. Are you near a theatre that English Touring Opera goes to? They prob are my fave company. Or Welsh National Opera?

After that you have to be a bit obsessive to find small companies. A few stately homes will have something in the summer - if I spot one then I'll follow the company on facebook. Popup opera tour a lot and go to tiny venues so you get a v intimate experience.

We're also lucky enough to be close to a university town and will go to student productions - you don't feel bad if it's not great if you only paid £6 to get in grin We do far more small companies than trips to London.

And then there's the holidays option. DH is planning a Christmas markets holiday to Cologne - so opera in Cologne and Dusseldorf nearby. The Operabase website has a list of opera festivals for planning summer holidays with a detour for opera grin

Can you tell we're opera obsessed in this house blush

Wolpertinger Sun 26-Jul-15 10:38:30

How deep in the Southwest are you Awake?

Can see an Opera Upclose production in Taunton and a Popup in Somerset - sadly not a lot of use if you are in Cornwall sad Although just googled and there's a Cornish opera company smile

I love a good spectacle but prob have enjoyed the small scale, low budget stuff more as they may not have as good singers, but are much more engaging and are keeping opera alive as an art form. It's not just for rich bankers in London!

AwakeCantSleep Sun 26-Jul-15 10:42:12

Wolpertinger yes ETO are fab. They come twice a year to our local (tiny) theatre. Looking forward to their autumn programme already.

I grew up in Germany and have family there. I tend to coordinate my visits with what's on at the opera house �� (a very good one by the way, one of the best in the country).

Growing up very near to said opera house I was lucky to see many performances a year from the age of about 12. Holidays are also likely to be influenced by festivals or similar. In August I'll be at Lake Constance, so it's off to Bregenz for Turandot on the lake ��

Overall in a year I normally get a good dose of live opera; I just wish I had more options on the doorstep.

AwakeCantSleep Sun 26-Jul-15 10:50:17

Cross posted. I'll google those, thanks! I'm in Devon, so Somerset is do-able. I love small productions too, but for me the voices are really important (hence I think ETO are great). Having been spoilt from an early age by fabulous singing I just can't shake it off. I really don't care if the only props on stage are a couple of chairs and a bed or something ��

Wolpertinger Sun 26-Jul-15 11:01:01

Bregenz is great! Unfortunately we went the first year of their Magic Flute and the set was, er, well the less said about it the better. We stayed in Lindau and arriving by boat was v special.

Voices in Popup and Opera Upclose may or may not be the same quality as ETO but they are a lot of fun. Popup in particular give you the impression you are at a sort of secret gig smile

In Italy there's obvs Verona (not a favourite in this house having been nearly drowned by rain there sad), Macerata is good and in a lovely untouristy spot and Rossini festival in Pesaro v good, although Pesaro itself is a bit of a nightmare.

Any festivals you would recommend?

Not German myself but think you can guess from username that I might have seen a lot of opera in a particular part of Germany grin

TropicalHorse Sun 26-Jul-15 11:02:48

The Magic Flute for me! It makes sense the way a dream makes sense. xx

LassUnparalleled Sun 26-Jul-15 11:21:13

YANBU although personally Verdi leaves me cold, as does Puccini. I would take Mozart every time. We're getting staged performances of The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

I love Handel too, all those beautiful arias and of course must not forget Purcell Dido and Aeneas

I had a revelation a couple of years ago when Dido and Aeneas was presented as part of a double bill with Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle which I'd only heard on recordings and didn't like. It was fabulous, very moving. The singers made Judith and Bluebeard real people caught up in a folie å deaux. That was also the year there was a staged performance of Fidelity with the singers supposed to be on a space ship scooting about on those motorised machines you stand on whose name I can't recall. It was dire.

Wolpertinger Sun 26-Jul-15 11:29:33


I'll take your Fidelio on a space ship and give you Rigoletto in a Native American tent grin We try to forget we ever saw it.

A friend also had the misfortune to see the Japanese octopus porn version of Ariadne auf Naxos shock She said she and her husband just kept their eyes firmly shut throughout grin

DH says he's seen a Tristan and Isolde/Battleship Potemkin mashup which was so bad someone died in the audience. Not sure the two were linked but apparently a dead body being carried around on stage for 2 hours was not great when a real one had just been carried out of the auditorium sad

LassUnparalleled Sun 26-Jul-15 11:32:32

DH says he's seen a Tristan and Isolde/Battleship Potemkin mashup which was so bad someone died in the audience

Oh dear, that made me laugh.

LassUnparalleled Sun 26-Jul-15 11:34:01

Oh and you are clearly more cultured than my phone "Fidelity " fgs.

meglet Sun 26-Jul-15 11:39:07

I only know La Traviata as the one in Pretty Woman blush . <<classy>>

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