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As I've noted, people attend opera for the same reason they attend porno movies. Not for the story, but for the way it's told.Originally posted by Selma in San Diego:
I had to look up the libretto for "La Wally". Never saw a dumber plot in my life, not even in DJ&S. "See Spot Run. Run, Spot Run!" beats that stupid thing.
They deserved the avalanche.
There’s nothing in music quite like Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs. The length – four hefty operas – is grand. The characters include gods and mortals, giants and dwarves, valkyries and other mythological creatures. The story itself is cosmic; it embraces love, power, incest, murder and the end of the world. Wagner scores The Ring with Freudian ingenuity and a new sound in the orchestra, a new style of singing, and a whole new stage presence.
Why do opera companies consider The Ring of the Nibelungs to be a grand cause for celebration? Because in music there is simply nothing like it.
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