Thursday, September 15, 2011

Amadeo Bassi


Folks, I am trying, but I am just not getting into this whole opera thing. I mean paying to see someone wear a funny hat and sing in a language you don't know . . . that is a formula for me dozing off. Anyway, here we have Amadeo Bassi, who used to be big in the opera. You can hear him sing below.




21 comments:

  1. It seems to me that he's using a costume to sing the opera "Pagliacci" ("Clowns"). Maybe you remember a Seinfeld episode that makes fun of this particular opera piece (4th season):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrtwWraQDn8&NR=1

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  2. I am trying to make a comment everyday, so there will be no EMBARGO IN BARTER TOWN. But it is getting challenging, especially on a subject I could care less about. Don't get me wrong, I know there are at least a dozen people out there that like opera.
    I would much rather listen to long hair music with out words from people like Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. Now that is good stuff, I'll bet there at least 3 dozen people that like that kind of music.

    But give me a good march from John Philip Sousa and I would be in puppy heaven.

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  3. Opera used to leave me cold ... singing in a language I don't understand would get me changing the dial quickly. Then, I saw Porgy and Bess by the Gershwin brothers, and it is an opera in English, and I totally got it. I guess my point is that not all opera fits the stereotype we all know and hate. Take a listen to this song that we all know...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7-Qa92Rzbk

    Graham in St. John's

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  4. I'm with Roger on this. Opera is not my thing. It's okay in an old bugs Bunny cartoon but that's about it. John Phillip Sousa is a different story. His house is less than a mile from us.

    John

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  5. I'd much rather have opera than Nascar even though I am from NC.

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  6. He looks rather amusing.
    I agree with RTD. I love classical, baroque, romantic music, and opera music without the singing!

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  7. PJM, My girlfriend is with you as far as opera goes. I asked her if she would like to go with me because we have world class opera in Boston. She said only if she could plug in her MP3 and listen to country during the show. I told her thats a major Faux Pa so she said I could go alone. As Lady Anne pointed out yesterday they give you English subtitles so you can follow along. I'm definetly going to try it. That picture today scares the heck out of me though. I'm staying far away from any opera that involves a clown.

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  8. Yup, scariest picture yet. I hope we have something fun next week. It's hunting season in the west, so maybe old trophies?

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  9. I agree with the other guys, NO opera, but I love a Sousa march. Back in the fifties when I was a teenager, Mama turned on the radio to KFJZ every morning. I would wake up to a Sousa march just about every morning.

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  10. Music is your only friend.

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  11. John, way too funny. Bugs Bunny opera, The Wabbit of Seville with Elmer Fudd. Thats a classic!

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  12. opera like rap music sucks and make very little sense at all,, just saying.

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  13. I like Toreador from Carmen, but otherwise I find opera rather sad.Classical music is more soothing.

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  14. I too can do without Opera, however that Seinfeld episode that Helio mentioned was hilarious! And I did enjoy Phantom of the Opera. I probably like this picture the best of this week's fare!

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  15. NPR not too long ago featured a story about opera castrato's.....I had no idea what that was....crazy!! Poor guys! Any photos of the last know castrato Alessandro Moreschi??

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  16. Today's aria touched my heart. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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  17. Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, Brahms, Dairy Queen, Blue Bell, Hershey's ... errr...what were we talking about???

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  18. Carry on, I say! finish up what you started. lol well, that's what my Mama taught me. And it won't hurt us to be exposed to Opera. Maybe we all can find just a little bit that we can enjoy.

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  19. NOT TO GO AGAINST THE GRAIN HERE, BUT MANY THING--OPERA FOR EXAMPLE--AN ACQUIRED TASTE.

    You begin at 18, say, and like beer and hate scotch...later, you try it and tastes a bit odd but not too bad...before long you buy or drink it by brand name.
    If so many educated people in a number of countries love opera, and if it sells out whenever it plays in NY City, then there must be a crowd that loves it though you may not.

    Like Hip Hop? Rap? big bands? dixieland? Mahler? gospel? there is much you do not take to but others do. And that suggests that YOUR taste is not the be all and end all but simply your taste at the present.

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  20. You have to admit, some of the most beautiful and enduring music was created for opera. I do prefer watching the newer operas and Phantom is my favorite music ever.

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  21. I have no doubt some folks go to the opera to enjoy either the orchestra and or singing. I also have no doubt that there are those in attendance only to be seen and have something to boast about. I prefer to avoid it altogether. At least in an art museum you can walk on until you find something you like (hopefully).

    John

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