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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Fri May 16, 2003 4:36 pm

One of my son's friends is a sound engineer, and I was asking him about the opera soprano thing. Anyway, Aaron says that the higher pitched the voice, the more it needs to be recorded in a [insert the right technical word here, he used it and I don't remember it. The foam egg-carton-looking stuff on the walls.] studio with good microphones and filters. Filters? Go figure.

Is opera recorded on stage? As in during performance? Could that be why so many of the sopranos sound worse than they do live? Or am I all wet here?

Anyway, I'm going to try to get to live opera again. Usually it's only the summer-theater musical stuff in the park, but I am encouraged by all you guys.
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby barfle » Sat May 17, 2003 8:51 am

"anechoic?"
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby OperaTenor » Sat May 17, 2003 1:11 pm

Anechoic (i.e., sound-absorbing) is indeed the word.

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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby barfle » Sat May 17, 2003 2:46 pm

It's a good thing he's not an operadancer!
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby OperaTenor » Sat May 17, 2003 8:35 pm

You know Barfle, you don't realize how true that statement is! I've avoided music theatre like the plague because I move as gracefully as a wounded rhinocerous (sp?)! Nice thing about opera: NO TAP DANCING!!! :p
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby Kyle » Sat May 17, 2003 10:08 pm

Originally posted by operatenor:
You know Barfle, you don't realize how true that statement is! I've avoided music theatre like the plague because I move as gracefully as a wounded rhinocerous (sp?)! Nice thing about opera: NO TAP DANCING!!! :p
I felt like I almost went deaf from a live Opera performance...either that or the sopranos went really high a few too many times.
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby OperaTenor » Sat May 17, 2003 11:24 pm

Originally posted by Selma in San Diego:
Is opera recorded on stage? As in during performance? Could that be why so many of the sopranos sound worse than they do live? Or am I all wet here?
Most are recorded from actual performances, and IMHO, there is a broad range of quality in them. Some are recorded in the studio, and to me those are the best to listen to, although the technology of recording performances is catching up.
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby bignaf » Sun May 18, 2003 9:18 pm

the "studio" is very frequently a concert hall.
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby OperaTenor » Mon May 19, 2003 12:21 pm

Mea Culpa, Big.

What I meant is that some recordings are done purely as a recording: much more elaborate recording equipment and setup, no audience, etc.
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby Rob Richardson » Mon May 19, 2003 2:15 pm

Yes! Me, too! Well, somewhat.

I DON'T LIKE SOPRANO SOLOS!!!!!

I don't care much for tenor solos, either.

The more people singing, the more I like it.

Give me choruses!!!!

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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby dkm32 » Mon May 19, 2003 3:57 pm

Originally posted by Rob Richardson:
I don't care much for tenor solos, either.
Oh, dear. And, now you've hurt OT's feelings I'm sure. ;)
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby bignaf » Mon May 19, 2003 11:42 pm

tenor solos my favorite!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby OperaTenor » Tue May 20, 2003 12:09 am

Aw shucks, Big! :D ;)

Hi Rob, You like skating on thiiiin ice, eh? :p
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby Andante » Wed May 21, 2003 10:07 pm

OPERA? Wonderful!
Used to listen to the Gotterdammerung before going to work! (I had to get up fairly early mind you...)
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Re: Anybody else love classical, hate opera?

Postby priya978 » Thu May 22, 2003 1:22 am

I'm sure you did Moderato (couldn't resist :D ) Andante I mean. :D
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