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How many types of opera singing out there?

How many types of opera singing out there? I heard bel canto singing is different from dramatic singing and so on but I have no clue what are they. Can you guys give some video or audio examples of ...
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Who was Samuel M Johnson? (Einstein on the Beach)

Knee 5 of Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass concludes the epic opera with a poem/text which I have often see attributed to Samuel M Johnson, usually titled as Lovers on a Park Bench. I can find no ...
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Did Freddy Mercury sing in a female 'opera' voice in the song 'Barcelona'?

claims that the audio played is Freddy Mercury singing with a very high 'opera' voice, and the comments seem to agree. On the other hand, I think the voice sounds female and is not Freddy Mercury's. ...
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Mozart - the magic flute - did the story have a dragon or a snake?

I have come across depictions of the dragon of The Magic Flute opera where the creature is conveyed as a dragon, but I have also seen that the original German word should be interpreted as simply a ...
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Does the Don Carlo in the two Verdi operas--Ernani and Don Carlos--pertain to the same historical character?

In the Verdi opera, "Ernani", there is the role of Don Carlo, later Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, while in the Verdi opera, "Don Carlos", there is the role of Don Carlo, Infante ...
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Opera performances used as examples in a lecture [closed]

I attended a lecture and loved these performances but forgot the names.
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Mr. Blue Sky: does the opera tune heard at the end come from another song?

In the song "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, we can hear a tune towards the end that sounds like an opera song (starting at 3:32). Was this tune invented for the song or does it come from ...
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"Fidi amanti" from Vivaldi's Dorilla in Tempe

The music of aria "Fidi amanti che costanti", in third act of Vivaldi's opera "Dorilla in Tempe", is not extant. A version of it, however, was performed in the recent Naïve recording, but with no clue ...
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Popular operatic aria, sung with a lot of "ohs"

It's a very popular opera song. Unfortunately, I do not know of any details apart from I know that a lady sings it very high and it goes like this: Ohh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ohh Ohh oh oh oh oh ...
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Rock covers of Wagner's music

I am looking for rock/prog rock/jazz covers or interpretations of music written by Richard Wagner (except the ride of the valkyries). There are a lot of musicians that have made very interesting ...
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Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (Ah Ch'Infelice Sempre) lyrics

What is an accurate translation of the lyrics in Larghetto & Andante Molto - Ah Ch'Infelice Sempre? from Stabat Mater. I was unable to find a translation and google translator seemed pretty bad^^...
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Who played Normanno in Nino Sanzogno's 1959 Lucia di Lammermoor? [closed]

I recently acquired a Lucia di Lammermoor recording conducted by Nino Sanzogno (1959, Milano). According to the information I have found on the album cover and on the Internet, these were the ...
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Is opera more enjoyable when you don't understand the lyrics?

A case in point: 'O mio babbino caro' from 'Gianni Schicci' by Puccini. O mio babbino caro, mi piace, è bello bello, which translates to: Oh my dear father, I like him, he is very handsome. In ...
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Operatic aria from the end scenes of "Combien tu m'aimes" (2004)

"Combien tu m'aimes" (2004) is full of classical music. I'm particularly interested in exactly what song or music theme is played in second-to-the-last scene in the movie? EDIT: I'm talking about ...
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