We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You and my dad. I'd rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard than suffer through an opera. I thought listening to the preliminaries for "American Idol" was bad, but there I could semi understand what they were singing about (if it was singing, I'm not sure in some cases). But opera? Nope.
But go enjoy anyway. I am sure there is culture buried in that caterwauling somewhere..........
Appreciating opera hinges on how many drinks I have. The more I drink, the better it sounds.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston, Texas
As a classical singer, let me say "Bravo!" for opera. Try listening to some highlights from Don Giovanni or Tosca to get you started.
If you still buy CDs, try Cecilia Bartoli's "Mozart Arias" (circa 1994) or "Hadley and Hampson," opera duets for tenor and baritone recorded by the late Jerry Hadley and (the still with us) Thomas Hampson, also circa 1994-96.
Music, poetry, theature, created in Italy in emulation of the ancient Greek festivals. Perhaps the highest form of western art. I wish Verona had supertitles. It helped my appreciation at the Met a great deal.
I'm with you, D, on the beauties of classical singing. I've been trying to think of a way to gently suggest to JoeC that he might not be a final authority on classical music. But then, some people like mud wrestling -- or even regular wrestling.