There's no getting away with it. Opera is difficult. Even for people who have spent a long time listening to classical music, the genre can be overwhelming.
However, when you look past the vocal gymnastics, there are some very approachable pieces. In this thread, I hope to achieve a painless introduction to opera, with some very well known pieces.
Jacques Offenbach - Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus In The Underworld)
One of the comments states " Let's be honest. You're all here for 7:36." so by all means, skip to that point if you like, but why not give the whole piece a try? The overture, supposedly, is an extended piece whose purpose is to allow the audience to find their seats in readiness for the performance. I'd be mortified if I missed a single note of this beautiful piece.
G. F. Händel wrote around 42 operas, some of which are now lost.
Here's "Ombra Mai Fu", commonly known as Largo, from Xerxes.
If solo voices are not your thing, try this version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's worth a listen to take a look at the magnificent organ behind the choir. I would LOVE to hear some JS Bach on that, but that's a different story, for another thread.
Last Edit: May 22, 2019 19:02:54 GMT -8 by KevinJS
Just had a quick look. The next opera I listen to will probably be Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. I'll be scouring that one as I listen to it. It'll be a few days before that happens, though. I'm hitting the road tomorrow.
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