Thursday, September 06, 2007


Opera great Luciano Pavarotti has died, as I'm sure you know. I was just watching CNN which had the story, including a little summary of his career.

It's a shame, of course, when somebody dies. But I guess it's kind of lost on me. They kept on playing clips of various operas that Pavarotti had performed, and of his later career with the Three Tenors. And it all sounded the same to me! I guess that makes me a low-brow philistine. Oh well.



Blogger Sona said...

I can appreciate the technical aspects of Opera - you have to have a hell of a voice.

But actually enjoying it? No, thanks.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a low-brow philistine. Just a victim of this country's pathetic excuse for arts education.

I'm a professional opera singer myself, and while I wouldn't contend that it should be everyone's favorite thing, if you honestly can't tell the difference between Puccini and Donizetti, then basic music ed is in worse shape than I thought. We're talking about a hundred years of significant musical evolution. That's like the difference between Guns n' Roses and John Philip Sousa.

And for the record, I'm in my early twenties, so please don't mistake this as the viewpoint of the dead and just gets tiresome hearing person after person tell me that they admire opera but could never listen to it themselves. It's not particularly exalted or inaccessible; it just needs a little education. Just like any other form of entertainment, really.

12:29 PM  

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