• What is an opera?

    From alexander koryagin@3:640/384 to All on Thu Apr 12 21:04:21 2018
    Hi, All!

    What is an opera?

    The correct answer: tI si a dnik fo tra erehw elpoep gnis sgnos retfa gnieb debbats ot htaed.

    Bye, All!
    Alexander Koryagin
    ENGLISH_TUTOR 2018

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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to alexander koryagin on Mon Apr 16 23:20:08 2018
    Hi, Alexander! Recently you wrote in a message to All:

    What is an opera?

    The correct answer: tI si a dnik fo tra erehw elpoep
    gnis sgnos retfa gnieb debbats ot htaed.


    Heh. While I'm not a great fan of opera, it wouldn't surprise me if
    they did. ISTR that in one of Shakespeare's tragedies... HAMLET or MACBETH?...
    various people are mortally wounded & go on for quite some time saying "Oh, oh,
    I'm dying!" In the English tradition there are very few operas. Shakespeare's
    plays had some musical accompaniment. More recently we've added plays in which
    (e.g.) John Wensleydale says "I'm going to the bakery to fetch a loaf of bread"
    and then bursts into song about how much he loves both the smell of fresh bread
    & the baker's daughter, who works behind the counter. But the Italian language
    sounds so musical already that it seems natural for Giovanni Mascarpone to sing
    "I'm going to the bakery" etc. Different language <-> different style.... ;-)




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  • From alexander koryagin@3:640/384 to Ardith Hinton on Tue Apr 17 20:33:11 2018
    Hi, Ardith Hinton!
    I read your message from 16.04.2018 16:20
    about What is an opera?.

    What is an opera?

    The correct answer: tI si a dnik fo tra erehw elpoep gnis sgnos
    retfa gnieb debbats ot htaed.

    [It is a kind of art where people sing songs after being stabbed to death]

    Heh. While I'm not a great fan of opera, it wouldn't surprise me if
    they did. ISTR that in one of Shakespeare's tragedies... HAMLET or MACBETH?... various people are mortally wounded & go on for quite
    some time saying "Oh, oh, I'm dying!" In the English tradition
    there are very few operas. Shakespeare's plays had some musical accompaniment.

    We probably should separate a classical opera from a theater performance. In opera they sing everything, usually in classical way (like did Luciano Pavarotti). For instance, in Russia there was even an opera about WW2, where our pilot had been shot down and crashed into a deep forest, in winter. He sang
    his words, but the most funny thing was that a bear who wanted to eat him also sang his part. ;-)

    More recently we've added plays in which (e.g.) John Wensleydale
    says "I'm going to the bakery to fetch a loaf of bread" and then
    bursts into song about how much he loves both the smell of fresh
    bread & the baker's daughter, who works behind the counter.

    It is probably a new, Broadway style opera.

    But the Italian language sounds so musical already that it seems
    natural for Giovanni Mascarpone to sing "I'm going to the bakery"
    etc. Different language <-> different style.... ;-)

    Was it an Italian opera?

    Bye, Ardith!
    Alexander Koryagin
    ENGLISH_TUTOR 2018

    --- Paul's Win98SE VirtualBox
    * Origin: Quinn's Post - Maryborough, Queensland, OZ (3:640/384)