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    A delightful blog post by Rhoslyn Jones:

    http://msinthebiz.com/2013/05/13/you...-opera-singer/

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    Here are the top five questions to come out of the mouths of curious individuals:

    “Can your voice break glass?”


    No.

    “Don’t you have to be, like, really fat to be an Opera Singer?”

    Nope.

    “Can you sing something for me right now?”

    I could, but I’m not going to.

    “It must be wonderful to do something that you love and are passionate about right?”

    Yes.

    “I just went to an Il Divo Concert! Don’t you love them?”

    Inside answer: I’d rather remove my own spleen with a dull butter knife than go near that concert.

    Outside answer: I love that YOU love them and that they’re introducing you to Classical music! Ever been to an opera? It’s pretty rad!

    (Disclaimer: I don’t EVER judge these curious people. I am entitled to my own opinions about Il Divo but I make a concerted effort to not impose any operatic snobbery on an innocent individual who is merely trying to make a musical/personal connection. There’s no harm in that. I welcome it. Talk to me…I’ll chat your ear off about the coolness of all kinds of music all day long.)
    "To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse." Jack Daney

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    Ha, I feel so culturally irrelevant, i've heard the name Il Divo but i've never listened to them. They are apparently a British band with no British members unless you count Simon Bowel and they sing pop songs, mostly American, in Italian, and in a faux-operatic, histrionic style. Pass the butter knife Ms Jones when you are done with it.

    I wonder if all the opera singers who actually can break glass with their voices are kidnapped early on by a shadowy government agency for some kind of psychological warfare purposes. Il Divo are just the commercial arm.

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    I just listened to a little Il Divo on youtube. Whoo. Too much. Back to I Puritani, quick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    Back to I Puritani, quick!
    you stopped I Puritani for Il Divo?! I don't know if I should laugh or cry, so I'll do both did you at least delete it from your views? my mum loves them and I've had to sit through their version of Amazing Grace on many occasions. Fauxpera boyband!

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    i think i've fallen in love with Rhoslyn Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    you stopped I Puritani for Il Divo?! I don't know if I should laugh or cry, so I'll do both did you at least delete it from your views? my mum loves them and I've had to sit through their version of Amazing Grace on many occasions. Fauxpera boyband!
    Well, I've been listening to Puritani pretty much nonstop for the last week and a half, so it's not like I'm not going to hear it again soon. What really got ME about Il Divo was how seductively these young men all make love to the camera, like they're all flirting with forty-year-old Mexican matrons who love it. Suddenly the notion of not wanting to be MANIPULATED makes real sense to me! lol but it was really over the top. I feel like Mr. Bennett after first meeting Wickham. "He makes love to us all ..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionisio View Post
    i think i've fallen in love with Rhoslyn Jones
    What brown eyes she has, eh?

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    Lord, I've somehow managed to live all this time and not hear Il Divo, felt compelled to test the water via YouTube. Just another pop group with a gimmick. At least not horrible.

    Having sung opera I've often had the same questions, except the one about being fat, because I was pretty hefty for a long time so I suppose I fit the stereotype for that time frame.

    If asked to sing, I rarely did so. I don't think most non-classical people have the slightest concept of how much volume a trained singer can project. Lots. Enough to part hair in the back row and scare everyone else. Not something you want to turn loose in the average pub on a Saturday afternoon (which is where you normally get asked those questions). So I'd just joke and tell them I would have to charge $100 per song or aria per my usual rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    What brown eyes she has, eh?
    very pretty! balcony seats when she's in town

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    Well, do I look like an opera singer? Here's a shot during dress rehearsal of Manon, of me and a lovely redhead chorus friend.


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    you look like Santa

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    you look like Santa
    A demonic Santa, to be accurate, and boy, did I have fun! Nowdays I'm about 80 pounds lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    Lord, I've somehow managed to live all this time and not hear Il Divo, felt compelled to test the water via YouTube. Just another pop group with a gimmick. At least not horrible.
    OK, I gave in and listened to a song too. What really struck me was how odd the microphones looked. I guess I've forgotten that most non-opera singers use them.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    OK, I gave in and listened to a song too. What really struck me was how odd the microphones looked. I guess I've forgotten that most non-opera singers use them.
    ...and funny is to see that everything in Il Divo is in slow-motion. How funny is that?

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    Many years ago, when there were still bricks-and-mortar stores where one could purchase classical recordings, a salesperson told me that Siegfried Jerusalem didn't look like an opera singer (I was buying one of his solo albums). The implication was that he was too good-looking! I assured her that, if he wasn't an opera singer, he had the Met and quite a few other places fooled.

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