Friday, September 01, 2006


An Opera Quote for today

"Opera once was an important social instrument—especially in Italy. With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television."

-Luciano Berio

3 Comments:

Blogger Dima said...

That is true on SO many levels!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Gert said...

That is so untrue.

Opera has never been for 'the masses' and neither has history. Opera has always been elitist and until recently most history was told by the upper classes, perhaps patronisingly portraying the working-classes as 'other' in an archetypal observation of the elites.

10:13 AM  
Blogger whfropera said...

In the US, your statement rings true.
In other countries, opera is enjoyed by a broader spectrum of the population.

I posted the quote mainly for the reference to television, I think its a shame that more people don't leave their homes and enjoy live events.

Thanks for posting and listening!

8:34 AM  

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