People often complain that foreign operas are too difficult to appreciate. The singers keep singing, but the listeners are like falling into the fog. Except for a few common arias that can be said to be “good”, the others just can’t stand it. It is true that listening to an entire opera without knowing what the actors are performing and why they sing on stage will cause distress.
This is normal. Imagine if we invite a foreigner who has never been in touch with Chinese opera to the theater to listen to Peking opera for one night without any explanation, he will be very confused. Maybe at the beginning he still felt that the taste of Peking opera was quite fresh, the actors looked pretty and the actions were interesting, but after that, he couldn’t hold on for a while this is the same scene as when we listen to Western operas.
How to do it? Facing people who are perplexed but still eager to understand opera and are willing to appreciate the mysteries of opera, some experts told them the “secret”: listen more. Yes, this is the way to go. If you don’t touch it emotionally, you will never be able to walk into this world. However, there is one more thing to add: understand what the opera shows. Or simply, understand the story of opera. If you want to listen the opera offline, you can search “opera” on youtube, and use flvto youtube to mp3
to download it. Here are some tips:
1.Do your homework and “understand the plot”
Opera is a comprehensive art. It is different from pure music forms such as symphony and chamber music. It is a genre that integrates music, drama, dance, and fine arts. Without the foundation of text scripts, there is no way to produce opera music. Every melody, every rhythm pattern, and even every chord and every band tone written by the composer on the score paper are used to express the drama story and character. Destiny is the goal, so our “listening” must be based on understanding opera stories.
For example: if you read the script of Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” (adapted from the novel by the French writer Dumas) in advance, you know that this is a tragedy. It tells a story of a fallen but still right Pure love has a tortuous and unfortunate experience with hopeful sociability. Then, when you go to the “Drinking Song” that you are familiar with for a long time in the play, you will not only feel the joy conveyed by the three-time waltz rhythm and jumping melody, but also the things behind this joy—— Camellia girl Violetta’s strong smile and the emptiness concealed by the phenomenon of high society drunkenness and gold have a deeper experience.
When listening to the two arias of La Traviata at the end of Act 1, you will deeply feel her desire for happiness and her helplessness and sadness for her unfortunate fate. When you see the gentle aria that Alfredo’s father came to see Violetta in the second act and asked her to leave his son, you can not only experience the love of this loving father for his little daughter, He would also feel resentful at the cruelty and hypocrisy hidden in his gentle tone because he completely ignored Violetta’s dignity and sacrifice.
When you hear Alfredo, who was kept in the dark, facing Violleta’s loud insults, causing the poor woman to faint, the dramatic conflict music, and the dying La Traviata at the end of the play Finally, I am looking forward to my sweetheart. When they sing a miserable duet, you will no longer feel that the music is lengthy and inexplicable, but you will be very sensitive to every detail in the music, and you will understand all the musical methods of the composer, let alone The singer’s performance style-those high-pitched excitement, lingering sadness, hysterical, intermittent, and intermittent, will also become profound and moving.
2.Pay attention to the unique means of expression in opera
In addition to the important method of “understanding the plot”, we should also pay attention to the unique expression methods of opera art in appreciation, such as
- Recitative function
- Lyricism of aria
- Display of various singing skills
- Three-dimensionality and conflict caused by heavy singing
- The atmosphere and structure of singing
- The emotional rendering of the band creates an atmosphere
- The symbolic meaning of some special melody materials, etc.
If you listen a lot, you will also have an understanding of the opera writing styles of different composers, the characteristics of different works of the same composer, the opera styles of different nationalities in different periods, and the handling of the same work by different singers and conductors. In comparison, you will have a deeper feeling and greater interest in the charm of the art of opera.
For music lovers, the continuous publication of opera recordings is really a great blessing, allowing us to watch them in detail at home and unlimited times. But if you have the conditions to go to the opera hall to watch a live performance, you will find that there is no substitute for that kind of pleasure. The presence of the actors and conductors that night cannot be replicated and is close