If you’re a novice to opera, you probably imagine a woman with a viking-horn helmet on her head and singing loudly, or you may think of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he is Brunhilde riding on the back of very large horse with a garland around its neck. These images of opera are FAR from what opera truly is, but it is certainly part of of the genre.
What if you have a little more experience with opera? You may be familiar with operas such as Carmen, La bohème, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, or Il barbiere di Siviglia. (Chances are that even if you don’t know the names of these works, you still know music from them!) Furthermore, if you are familiar with opera, you know that there’s much more to it than the singing. Opera is a theatrical art with drama, sets, costumes, and all performed on a stage. If you want to learn a little more about opera, check out my article on how to do so!
Opera is absolutely one of the top genres I write about. As the writer of the AVA Opera Blog as well, I certainly get my fill of opera. Here are a list of articles I’ve written on operatic works (listed in chronological order from most recent to oldest):
I am continuously expanding upon my anthology Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet. This anthology is a series of self-published eBooks distributed through Lulu.com. Every 3 or 4 completed eBooks will result in a hardcover copy of the combined eBooks. These eBooks are a great way to start getting involved in opera and ballet. Separated by composer, I provide a detailed synopsis of each of the works, a bit of historical background on the work’s creation, a simple musical description, and personal interjections on my experience with them. Click on the button below to find out how to get a copy!