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Opera Company of Philadelphia "Flash Brindisi" at Reading Terminal Market
YouTube ^ | April 26, 2010 | Operaphila

Posted on 06/28/2010 6:09:49 AM PDT by La Lydia

On Saturday, April 24th, the Opera Company of Philadelphia teamed up with the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival for a large-scale "Flash Opera" event! Over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members of LA TRAVIATA performed the famed "Brindisi" in the aisles of Reading Terminal Market, entertaining hundreds of Philadelphians, and proving that the perfect accompaniment for all things Italian is a little Verdi! The Opera Company sincerely thanks members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and cast for generously volunteering their time and talents... BRAVI TUTTI!!... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmwRitYO3w

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: flash; music; opera
This made me smile. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmwRitYO3w
1 posted on 06/28/2010 6:09:58 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Rock on, Philly. Flyers still suck.


2 posted on 06/28/2010 6:15:00 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: La Lydia; Kid Shelleen

Ping


3 posted on 06/28/2010 6:17:47 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: La Lydia

...thanks LaLydia...there’s a similar YouTube like this going around that was done at a Spanish market earlier this year...I think it’s catching on and I like it....there’s even a commercial on TV now that’s done in operatic style...maybe opera is making a comeback.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 6:18:09 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: La Lydia

I loved this - really uplifting. Goodness knows we can use something uplifting these days.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 6:21:47 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: STONEWALLS

If they can do flash performances of “Thriller” all over the place, why not La Traviata?


6 posted on 06/28/2010 6:21:59 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

“If they can do flash performances of “Thriller” all over the place, why not La Traviata?”

.....exactly....I think the problem that opera has is in it’s cost....high costs to put one on, and high costs for a ticket...these little flash performances may inspire enough interest to make things more affordable....the crowd reaction is certainly very positive.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 6:29:15 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: La Lydia

8 posted on 06/28/2010 6:30:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: STONEWALLS
.....exactly....I think the problem that opera has is in it’s cost....high costs to put one on, and high costs for a ticket...these little flash performances may inspire enough interest to make things more affordable....the crowd reaction is certainly very positive.

A big part of the cost comes from union stage hands, electricians, lighting, etc. A "flash opera" has none of those costs.

9 posted on 06/28/2010 6:33:21 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: La Lydia

Bravo, brava!


10 posted on 06/28/2010 6:42:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: PapaBear3625

I also think part of it is that, 100 years ago, it was only for the elite and a lot of people never had a chance to learn to enjoy it. The unions are certainly a problem in New York, and, I think, San Francisco, but not everywhere. I think who ever thought up the “flash opera” idea is on to something. Once people hear real opera, the stereotypes begin to fall away, and they realize what it is: performance art that in some ways is even more compelling than popular music because of the amazing talent of the performers.


11 posted on 06/28/2010 6:46:19 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: STONEWALLS
.there’s even a commercial on TV now that’s done in operatic style...maybe opera is making a comeback.

It's been done before. This commercial is considered a classic:

Famous classic Rice Krispies "Opera" commercial
12 posted on 06/28/2010 6:55:21 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: La Lydia

...here is the version performed in a Spanish market earlier this year...notice the crowd reaction at the end....some people were so moved that they wept openly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds8ryWd5aFw


13 posted on 06/28/2010 6:57:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: La Lydia

Thanks for the post. Even though it is Monday morning it makes me want to have a beer..


14 posted on 06/28/2010 7:00:36 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: STONEWALLS

Stupendous.


15 posted on 06/28/2010 7:05:00 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
I also think part of it is that, 100 years ago, it was only for the elite and a lot of people never had a chance to learn to enjoy it.

A lot of people do enjoy opera, only they don't think of it as opera. "Les Miserables", "Phantom of the Opera", etc, are not less operatic because they happen to be in English.

16 posted on 06/28/2010 7:08:56 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: La Lydia

Very sweet video! ( Smiling)

By the way, I noticed that, in a city that is predominantly black, the crowd is overwhelmingly white.


17 posted on 06/28/2010 7:10:00 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: PapaBear3625

Of course you are right, and it is a matter of semantics. But I am old school and, to me, Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera are not opera, they are Broadway musicals. It’s a fine line. Of course, I can’t stand Alban Berg, and don’t think his work is opera, either. Strict upbringing, I guess.


18 posted on 06/28/2010 7:13:35 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Opera, like Shakespeare, is meant to seen on stage.

Our state has a regional opera festival every year, and I **love** it!!! I never thought I would but seeing it performed makes all the difference.

(We have a regional Shakespeare company as well, and I had the same reaction to the bard’s plays.)


19 posted on 06/28/2010 7:13:48 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

What state?


20 posted on 06/28/2010 7:17:17 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: STONEWALLS

I want to go live in Spain. That was lovely.


21 posted on 06/28/2010 7:26:29 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dr. Sivana

THe Rice Krispies commercial is hilarious. I’ve never seen it before. Thanks.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 7:31:16 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dr. Sivana

...thanks Dr.Sivana...that was great!


23 posted on 06/28/2010 7:34:59 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: La Lydia
Of course you are right, and it is a matter of semantics. But I am old school and, to me, Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera are not opera, they are Broadway musicals. It’s a fine line. Of course, I can’t stand Alban Berg, and don’t think his work is opera, either. Strict upbringing, I guess.

I understand your viewpoint. I generally distinguish between musical and opera by whether or not there is significant spoken dialogue. To me, musicals have mostly spoken dialogue with some musical numbers tossed in (eg, Sound of Music), while opera is predominantly sung.

24 posted on 06/28/2010 7:40:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: La Lydia

I just loved this! Thanks for posting it.


25 posted on 06/28/2010 12:50:33 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: TurkeyLurkey

:)


26 posted on 06/28/2010 1:19:58 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia; sitetest; Borges
Heck I might as well throw this in here:

Claymation Traviata.

27 posted on 06/28/2010 5:59:22 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; .30Carbine; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; Andyman; ...

Dear 1rudeboy,

Thanks for the ping!

Classical Music Ping List ping.

If you want on or off this list, let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks,

sitetest


28 posted on 06/28/2010 7:42:32 PM PDT by sitetest ( If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

I do this all the time! LOL!

No seriously. I sing along with the music in the store, which is OK, but I’ve had 15 YEARS of Vocal training and a 4 octave voice.

Sometimes people join in, sometimes they don’t. LOL.


29 posted on 06/28/2010 7:53:53 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: STONEWALLS

These are really neat.

This is one of the ones that got the whole thing started:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k


30 posted on 06/28/2010 8:46:51 PM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com for a list of vulnerable DEM and must hold GOP House seats.)
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To: randita

That has me grinning from ear to ear. The world needs more of spontaneous breaking out into song and dance.


31 posted on 06/28/2010 9:17:19 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: randita

...Cute!...thanks Randita.


32 posted on 06/29/2010 6:24:02 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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