Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Exposing Myself

As part of a constant and probably pointless effort to stretch my exposure to art, I'm planning to go see Madama Butterfly tonight at the Lyric Opera. Here's a good article by Tim McDonald, a Rockhurst University professor, about why I need to get over my hang-ups and enjoy the experience. I'll go with an open mind.

But there's no way it's going to blow me away like Fast Johnny Ricker did at BB's Lawnside Saturday night . . .


Blogger emawkc said...

You're going to love it. I wouldn't discount it blowing you away (although, in a different direction than Blues).

Opera isn't like other classical music. It's a lot like Punk music in my mind. Totally over the top. And Puccini was one of the best. Take a few moments to review the libretto before the production.

10/04/2006 10:03 AM  
Anonymous MarieP said...

Regarding your title "Exposing Myself" : The things I could say.... but I will control myself. I know, you are probably thinking why start now?

10/04/2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Opera can be an acquired taste. Definitely get there early enough to read the program notes. That way you'll know what's going on and won't have to spend as much time reading the subtitles over the stage.

You don't have to be Frasier Crane to enjoy good opera. Relax. Kick back. Enjoy the orchestra, the staging. You'll like it!

10/04/2006 11:58 AM  
Anonymous panos said...

"For a cost that runs little more than a movie ticket..."

Funny, I thought tickets started at $45.

10/04/2006 2:02 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Panos - there are cheap orchestra seats for $15. I can't complain about the price, though - these are freebies.

10/04/2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Opera is a taste that I have been unable to acquire. Especially soprano opera. Like fingernails on a fucking blackboard. Pretty sure even soprano opera is a no-no at Gitmo.

But you have to understand that I also don't like musicals. Of any kind.

It's a regular movie/play, I'm interested, I'm engaged, THEN everyone breaks into a choreographed dance number and starts singing songs in perfect harmony and unison...and then we are back to a regular movie/play.

It's like plopping a big smelly turd in the middle of a punch bowl.

Like West Side Story, for instance. These two gangs supposedly hate each other. So WHY THE FUCK did they spend so much time rehearsing extraordinarilly gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) song and dance numbers together??

I can believe movies with aliens, faster than light starships, insanely impossible martial arts stunts, car chases that no car could possibly survive, explosions for no apparent reason and innovative uses of harpoons.

But large groups of people breaking into well rehearsed song and dance in the middle of an otherwise normal story is distracting and annoying beyond description.

10/04/2006 6:40 PM  

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