Originally posted by monkeymd2b:
...even opera when I have no clue what they're saying.
One thing I love about Puccini is that the music conveys the story so well it's almost like you don't need to know what's being said to know what's going on.
One more suggestion to TechWriter, if I may. Take one of the more popular, melodious (for lack of a better term) operas (like Turandot, La Boheme or Madama Butterfly), and really familiarize yourself with the story and the translation of the lyrics, and then give it a serious listen. I know that's a lot of up front work for something you're supposed to just sit and enjoy. If you have the great fortune to sit in a hall where the tech rehearsal is being performed, you will find it a most enlightening experience, as you will see the "supertitles", which are brief, concise translations projected above the stage in a very unobtrusive manner. These "supertitles" make it easy to tranlate at least the gist of what's being said on stage in a very concise, easy to read form. The benefit for the listener is they can momentarily glance at the text, get the meaning, and only have to divert a small part of their attention away from the drama being played out on stage. It is truly to be seen if you haven't. IMHO, it greatly enhances the performance in two ways: It allows the listener an option to have a fuller understanding of the story, and it offers the option without interrupting the flow of the story. As for me, that process really turned the corner as far as my listening enjoyment is concerned. And, I'll confess, there is a significant body of work out there that bores me to tears. If I never hear Falstaff again it might be too soon! Obn the other hand, there is a lot out there I can never tire of hearing (I listen to Turandot as much as a couple of times a month).
It's late, I took a sleeping pill after coming home from watching a most awsome Billy Graham Mission, So I may have been ramblig. Hope it made any sense.
<small>[ 05-11-2003, 03:41 AM: Message edited by: operatenor ]</small>