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    Any opera lovers out there?

    I know lots of you know I'm a professional violinist and that I also work as a manager for opera singers. Once a year I present my singers in concert in New York City: we had our most recent performance a couple of weeks ago.

    So I posted a bunch of YouTube links of the concert. It's the first time I've had to be producer, stage director and piano accompanist (it's my second instrument) all at the same time! (Not jumping to do that again--it was pretty exhausting.)

    We did scenes from Tosca (Puccini), Werther (Massenet), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) and La Boheme (Puccini). Plus a "Nessun dorma" farce for the men and Victor Herbert's "The Prima Donna Song" for the ladies. For anyone who is interested, here are the links (I put them all up, so people might pick and choose--certainly not expecting anyone to watch all of them!):

    From Werther:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548bEpbHMXI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwOjM645vE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O4gCDeBIT8

    From Tosca:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=827Xgj9cPe0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSyxlA7Ijyc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ZhqsP4MvA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CswE11ZE6RE

    From Hansel and Gretel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdsLun2hD0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0m5gl5Rx2s

    From La Boheme:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydwPcqP_zAs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e7_B4Wu6BQ

    The Nessun dorma farce:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwEbZefcJ0s

    and the Prima Donna Song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOiUkbX_Jp0
    Last edited by skateboy; 06-11-2011 at 08:04 AM.

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    A title that asks if there are any opera lovers out there and I immediately think of skatingfan5.

    Thank you for the links! That is some remarkable talent you have there. I was especially impressed with tenor Young-Ha Kim.

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    Opera lover here...my mum is a classically trained singer, so I grew up listening to Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi...

    Thanks for the links! I'll have to switch computers before I listen though...

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    Another lover here. Thanks for posting; I'll listen when I have some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    Thank you for the links! That is some remarkable talent you have there. I was especially impressed with tenor Young-Ha Kim.
    Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

    So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! )

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    Opera? Absolutely! Love classical music and ballet as well! Been listening to good music all of my life. Thanks, Mom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateboy View Post
    Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

    So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! )
    Add me to the list of opera lovers here!

    I also was very impressed with Young-Ha Kim.
    It's so sad to hear that he's had trouble finding work, here.
    He's better than many tenors who are more well known., IMO.
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    Please let us know the next time you have a concert! I would love to attend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    I also was very impressed with Young-Ha Kim.
    It's so sad to hear that he's had trouble finding work, here.
    He's better than many tenors who are more well known., IMO.
    Thank you! I will share your comments with him, I know he will appreciate it.

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    Very underinformed on opera and a lapsed violinist here (just ask nashvilledancer; we tried flute/violin duets together last year and it was laughable).

    Enjoyed the Nessun Dorma shtick. Saw that there was a bass-baritone in the video notes and was all "huh??" Plus, it always amazes me when these enormous voices come out of such petite bodies (Young-Ha Kim).

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    Thanks for the supportive comments, everyone! (Special thanks to those of you who subscribed to my YouTube channel.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateboy View Post
    Thank YOU, pollyanna, especially for the comment about Young-Ha Kim. I've always thought he was terrific, but it his been a struggle getting him work. I've sent him to countless auditions and he always sings great, but he almost never gets hired and I just can't figure out why. Plus, he's the nicest guy you could ever meet.

    So strange, all of the other singers are going gangbusters except for him. Frustrating, because I think he's one of the most talented and such a hard worker. It's gotten so bad for him that he's moving back to Korea after several years in New York City (he has a wife and two kids). So I'm trying to find him opportunities there. Frankly, I think he's better than a lot of tenors I hear getting jobs in regional opera houses these days... (not that I'm biased or anything! )
    You're welcome, and I can't blame you for being stumped. His voice is so rich. I hope he finds the work he deserves in Korea, but it's a darn shame NY is letting him go.

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    Another opera lover here. Thank you!

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    Delurking for the opera thread! The youtube videos look squished on my screen. Does anyone else have the same issue?

    I was itching to revive the old Operatic Suggestions thread, but decided against it
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=68319
    lurking and delurking

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    Love and respect opera, but I have a hard time sitting through a whole one. My brother is a chorus member for the Atlanta Opera and has been for many years, and I am very proud of him. I think because I am a ballet person, I am drawn to the overtures, ballet music if any, and arias, but I can't seem to sit still through a whole classical-length opera. That's a reflection on me-not opera! Any suggestions? It's like-I think I'm an Episcopalian because during our service we get to get up and down a lot! Of course before I go, I always study the story and history, so I am prepared and not just going in blind....maybe I'm just too hyper. And at my age, that's pretty scary! I don't even drink coffee.

    But I am not being disrespectful. I am in awe of anyone who can sing or play an instrument with that degree of artistry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    Love and respect opera, but I have a hard time sitting through a whole one.
    ---[snip]---
    Of course before I go, I always study the story and history, so I am prepared and not just going in blind....maybe I'm just too hyper. And at my age, that's pretty scary! I don't even drink coffee.
    My suggestion to you, which assumes that your opera company provides supratitles:

    STOP reading the story before seeing the opera. Let the singing, acting, and staging tell the story to you in real time. If you like what you saw and heard, THEN go read some more about the history of the work. This strategy always works for me. (Of course my opera companion always teases me as we settle into our seats by saying, "You know they die in the end, right?" )

    ETA: Respect to your brother. One of the best things about an opera is listening to the chorus. We have a wonderful one in Seattle and I lurrrve operas where they are featured prominently. (Fidelio gives me chills.)

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    Yep, we have supratitles. Thanks for your suggestions and your kudos to little bro. I'll keep working on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    Delurking for the opera thread! The youtube videos look squished on my screen. Does anyone else have the same issue?
    Hmmmmm, I haven't had a problem with that... have you tried going into full screen?

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    To all the opera lovers: on October 1st there will be a skating show at the Arena di Verona. Check out the italian skating/skaters thread for more infos

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