Opera - as I mentioned in my M is for MUSIC post, I was raised to appreciate all kinds of music. I was introduced to classical music early on, though I do not know exactly when, where or how I learned to love opera.
Of course, I remember, you know, Bugs and Elmer's epic operatic cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?" ("Kill tha Wabbit! Kill tha Wabbit!!") *laughing!!!!
|HAHAHHAHAAA.... you HAVE to love this stuff.|
Or Vivian in "Pretty Woman" being mesmerized by the beauty on stage below her. I do have early childhood recollections of seeing and hearing Beverly Sills on television, and of course, Luciano Pavarotti...
Somewhere along the way I just grew to love the power and the passion that is evoked within me when I hear opera. Everything from the classics to contemporary, though I'd lose a bet were I to Name that Tune or Composer. I suck at movie quotes too. Thank GOD for Google.
I must admit though, I will never forget the feeling I had when I first heard Andrea Boccelli sing. I had never heard of him and his performance was being aired on PBS one night and I remember stopping in my tracks. His voice - so crystalline, so pure - it moved me to tears. I mean that literally. It was so kitschy. I didn't realize I was crying and had stopped breathing until I found myself awakening to a deep involuntary breath that forced me back to reality. The man's voice transported me for a moment. Oh, to sit in an Italian amphitheater someday and listen to him sing. It gives me shivers just sitting here recalling his voice. My favorite song? (Con te Partiro aside) "Ave Maria". I also love his duet with Celine Dione called "The Prayer." Not opera, but it's worth a shout out. It's a song that's on my "Inspire" playlist.
Then along came Paul Potts. Any time I want to get a surge of gratitude and FEEL GOOD rush going, I just youtube "Paul Potts First Audition" on Britain's Got Talent. See...I just watched it when I went there to get the link and I am freakin' crying. I love this man. What an amazing story. And who doesn't love seeing Simon get his smirky little face turned upside down in true amazement. I love that clip like I love my coffee. Well. No, I don't love that clip with cream and sugar in a large mug, but it's the sentiment I'm talking about.
Ok. It's late. Enough out of me. My kids and I are headed to bed to watch Emergency! :)
Talk to you tomorrow!