Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Aw yes, Enrico Caruso. A singer that was loved by millions and millions. He could bring grown men to tears with his singing.
I remain uncultured. Years ago, I did see the movie that Pavarotti in his film Yes, Georgio back in the 80's. I enjoyed the film although I don't think the critics did. Again, I am and remain uncultured, uncivilized, and probably un- several other important things.
I like opera but not the singing, way too much vibrato. Some of the music is very beautiful and moving as well as quite well known. The Toreador Song and Habenera from Carmen and also The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner come to mind. The stories are generally very tragic. The world is full of enough woe as it is; I prefer happy stories.I really enjoyed A Night at the Opera with the Marx brothers,however.Caruso had a beautiful voice. I have heard a recording that was some how corrected to compensate for the primitive recording devices of the day. His voice really was superb.I agree with Mean Old Man, the current popular music is trash!
Fantastic recoding, even after all these years. Loved the photo from the aria "O Sole Mio". Did you know Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" was written to fit that tune? I guess he had more culture than we generally give him credit for.
Opera week is amazing, particularly with the audio clips! THANK YOU for such a wonderful visit to the past.
I never really gave Opera a second thought either way. I listened to the clips and it is actually very soothing. I think I might actually like Opera, it's ok. I feel more dignified now. My co-worker asked me what I was listening to and I told him, "That's Luisa Tetrazzini of course, were you born under a rock or something". LOL I vote to keep Opera week going.
In high school a friend introduced me to Caruso. Years later, while doing remodel repairs in a customer's basement, I noticed that she had two grand pianos in her parlor. We got to talking about music. The next day as I brought my tools to the door, it swung open and she reached out and put a set of head phones over my ears. It was playing Caruso singing "Ridi Pagliacchi". When it was finished she became reminiscent and talked about her own career before, as she put it, "I ruined my voice with booze and fast living."That was a great day.
As an opera lover, I am so happy to see that the comments about opera today are much more positive than the ones posted yesterday! I much enjoyed seeing the photo of the great Caruso and hearing him singing this famous aria. Even though the clip is quite old, his voice is amazingly clear. I am glad we are having Opera Week and can't wait to see who will be featured tomorrow!
It has been years since I have heard good opera. The clips you prepared for us were great, but can you imagine sitting on the fifth row for a live performance?Thanks for bringing these stars back to us.
An article in Scientific American a couple of years ago pointed out that the human voice is remarkable acoustically. Comes from a vocal tract just about a foot long, but is able to hold its own against much larger string bases and such instruments. We almost all have a voice yet few use it to sing. And musically, I'd say opera is where it really gets a workout. I agree with Myrtle, that Marx Bros. movie shows good opera. The viral Paul Potts Youtube video of a couple years ago is another example of good opera. No doubt there's a good deal of distasteful opera, though. For modern music, I think some good, creative stuff can be found off the mainstream, e.g. some modern Gospel music is good. Before anyone gives up on classical they should listen to Bach's Brandenburg concerti.
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