SirMustapha wrote:oddtail wrote:Both, actually. I like classical music, very much so, even though my knowledge and appreciation of it is certainly limited. And on the few occasions I've been to opera, I actually liked the way the pieces were composed, how instruments in the orchestra's sounds merged, but the fact that some fat guy was standing on the stage and singing made me think "I can't hear the music because of all that singing". Paradoxically, I often consider the vocals to be the most important part in other genres of music - but I appreciate singers for the emotions they are conveying and the song for the lyrics - NOT for human voice as an instrument. Opera is not famous for lyrics specifically, and it sounds too fake to me to provoke emotions on my part. To my barbaric sensibilities, opera is a mixture of music and theatre - two great tastes that taste horrible together (*).
Yeah, it makes sense. I've heard too little opera, in fact, but I have noticed that opera is not merely "classical music with voices". I've had trouble trying to listen to Wagner, personally, because much of his operas are basically "some lines - [orchestral leitmotif] - some lines - [orchestral leitmotif] - some lines - etc. etc." and so on. Maybe when watched it's great, but listened, it's pretty hard on my ears. But I'm actually fine with the voices themselves.
Try this. That's pretty much the best thing ever as far as I'm concerned.
And you don't have to spend a year locked in a box to see that this version is slow and boring compared to the one by Cecilia Bartoli.
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Don't know which came first, this comic or the article, but it's all the more awesome thanks to the coincidence.