Thursday, July 2, 2009

opera buffs

























Dissing this and dissing that, warring with each other, warring with their fans, occasionally killing off their rivals, but for such art warriors as these, death, even a faked death, is the end of the struggle. But not so for opera buffs.

Opera buffs answer to the opera gods, and to cross an opera buff is to face a fate worse than death.

Think you know the best Carmen? Listen to these biddies battle it out.

Who is better, Maria Callas, Tarja Turunen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, or Ann Sofie von Otter? Be prepared to die a million deaths if you answer wrong, or worse, lose your season tickets at the Met.

Yes, a full fifteen minutes of Wagner critiques--and don't dare to mention the name Nietzsche, not even as a joke.

Think you can get away with coughing twice at a Philip Glass opera? Listen to this true tale from an unsuspecting patron of the arts.

Finally, there's twenty minutes devoted to the need for castrati.

Think you don't like opera? Get this album and give an opera buff discussion a listen.

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