Which opera must be seen?

This is only my personal opinion/experience, but to get started I would recommend the operas of Giacomo Puccini and Guiseppe Verdi.

E.g. as the very first opera experience: Puccini’s “La Bohome” – you could perhaps say what the movie “Titanic” was for at least my generation, that is, THE formative love-drama of a generation, young love, tear-moving, great love drama (poor artist falls in love with a terminally ill girl, in the end she dies…) You get essentially here as an opera – albeit (of course) without the shipwreck, because the opera takes place in the artistic milieu of Paris around the year 1830.

You get here a touching (albeit somewhat cheesy) love story, beautiful Christmas scenes – which is why I recommend a visit to this opera especially in the winter months – and, above all, music to melt away, with melodies (especially of course the big arias) that are addictive.To this end, as with opera, you get to be the “thrill” live, as the singers “contest” their vocally demanding roles vocally as well as artistically, and La Bohome is no exception. (As an enthusiastic bathroom tenor, I personally think of the magnificent aria of the main character Rodolfo “Che gelida manina…” (Which’s cold hand…), which finally swings up to a high C, long within its full voice. Which, if the tenor does well, regularly leads to thunderous applause during performances after the aria. The piece is a real crowd-pleaser.)

By the way, in my opinion, ‘La Bohome’ is a very good idea for a third surprise date with a woman who is seriously interested in the man (or woman) (at Christmas time ;)), especially if the lady has so far had little to no experience with opera. Had.Best at a large opera house and in a “traditional” staging (as opposed to a “modern” or “modern” experimental staging). Just as a suggestion from me – why, I let you experience for yourself. (Another good opera for this purpose would be “La Traviata” by Guiseppe Verdi.)

So, in my opinion, ‘La Bohome’ is a very good introduction to the world of opera, which offers everything that makes “great opera” and also makes it easy for opera newcomers to see what opera is “so great”.

You’ll have more of an opera visit as you prepare for it.For this, one should at least take a summary of the action of the opera. Otherwise, due to the foreign languages and the complex music, you can quickly lose the thread.

But much better – and this will make you want to see the opera and so opera can easily become a passion – you get recordings of the respective opera, take some time and listen to the grandiose music in advance. So one is musically attuned, can follow the whole thing so much more easily (and willingly), and can then make comparisons between what one knows from the recording and how it is interpreted differently in the performance by other musicians and singers. Is.In this way, opera can also become a lifelong passion: one gets recordings of different singers and musicians at different times or times. epochs, compares the different interpretations with each other, thus finding his favorite voices or Singers, orchestras, conductors, as well as directors, if you extend it to film recordings and, of course, regular opera visits.

YouTube offers tons of video footage of fantastic opera tics.Of course, you can and should also explore this, provided that you have been caught by the opera virus. However, I recommend waiting for opera newcomers with video material and only listening to audio recordings before visiting a new opera. Otherwise, you can make expectations of the opera performance that you want to experience live, which make it harder to apply what you see and hear in front of you. So video recordings of other performances of an opera prefer to explore in hindsight, then the opera visit has a better chance to become an unforgettable experience.

Back to the recommended operas: As I said, I recommend getting started with Puccini and Verdi.With Verdi, ‘La Traviata’ would be similar to ‘La Boheme’, a love drama with beautiful Verdi-typical music. Otherwise, if you need more “action”, it is important to recommend: ‘Don Carlo’ ! ‘Nabucco’ ! ‘Aida’ ! – All opera spectacles that, in order to draw the cross-comparison to the film, would be like a “Lord of the Rings”-moderate epic. All this performed live in front of your nose. More opera drugs to make you addicted to life.

Then, in my view, there would be the French ‘mainstream’ repertoire to discover: Georges Bizet’s “Carmen”, “Les pecheurs de perles”.Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” “Werther.” Charles Gounod’s “Rom茅o et Juliette”, “Faust”. Again, just great music !

For the sake of brevity, I refrain from further opera summaries and recommend that you research these operas myself.

From there you can (and will) venture into older (classical and baroque) and newer operas (advanced 20th century).First Mozart, from which I would recommend “The Abduction from the Serail” as an introduction. Then “Don Giovanni” or “The Magic Flute”. The music is wonderful here too. But a little less opulent. And the so-called recitatives (half-speaking sung passages that continue the plot) can, especially if they are in Italian, challenge the patience of a newcomer a little. I therefore think that Mozart operas are more for those who have already become opera fans than those who go to the opera for the first time. My opinion.

In order not to slap anyone textually, I get to the end better.There could be a lot more to say on the subject, but I hope to get started I’ve given some useful tips.

Enjoy discovering the wonderful world of opera !

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