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For Vleisman...
« on: September 02, 2017, 09:38:32 AM »
I was very concerned over Vleisman's quote in the 'SA Artists worth mentioning' thread re his lack of knowledge concerning Opera. So to help him understand Opera, I wish to introduce the following easy "Dummies' Guide to Opera", as presented by one Victor Borge. Borge has a very unique distinctive method of explaining difficult matters such as the one in the short youtube link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bieAjQofjE

Vleisman, you will enjoy a thorough understanding of matters Operatic afterwards. No need to thank me, please just forward me some Chillibites.

Well that's the thing, I don't like opera.  I don't really understand it and have never sat through a full proper one. But I do like opera singers it seems. On the weekend we were at One Fox. The Gauteng Opera did a show that included some probably well known opera songs.  And popular ones from the likes of Johnny Clegg and Bright Blue.  I was moved to tears, it's unlike any other performances I've seen



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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 10:48:55 AM »
At Artscape, the lyrics are displayed on a screen under the stage, in English so it helps to follow the performance.  It makes Mozart and other operas (most of which are not sung in English) that much more enjoyable

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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 11:23:15 AM »
I struggle to follow the lyrics when sung in English. IMO, English is not well suited to opera.
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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 12:25:06 PM »
 :ROFLMAO: thank you Finnige Dog, now it all makes sense

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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 01:08:29 PM »
Victor Borge is totally brilliant! Watch some of his other youtube shows ;)


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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 01:55:03 PM »
A German-speaking friend says that he cannot understand the opera singers, even when they are supposed to be singing in German.  Its his opinion that they are faking it

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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 08:53:34 PM »
On my bucket list is proper singing lessons. Most of the exercises are in Italian, as  it is such a musical language

The basis is a C10 book by Vaccaj, still valuable today

Now Friday is my fave day, I go to lessons

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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 10:28:48 PM »
London Philharmonic Orchestra's back catalogue has been popping up on Google Music's new releases.
 
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Re: For Vleisman...
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 10:25:46 AM »
One of the strangest impenetrable lyrics experiences of mine was my niece's Christening.  Coptic service in Cairo with all the chanting displayed for everyone to follow on a screen in Arabic and Greek.  From what I could tell the chanting was in Arabic mainly (may have been Aramhaic for all I know - it didn't seem to match the Greek) with 'Kyrie Eleison' thrown in at regular intervals and the odd 'Amen'.

Full suit and Ethiopian waistcoat, by midday it was 45 degrees outside and no air conditioning at the church.  Service started around 6.30am.  They did have nice Egyptian coffee available at a kiosk and obviously water.
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