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    37 40.22%
  • 5 - 10 hours per week

    19 20.65%
  • 10 - 15 hours per week

    12 13.04%
  • 15 - 20 hours per week

    10 10.87%
  • 20 - 30 hours per week

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    Default How much time do you spend watching or listening to opera?

    Over the last year, opera has become an obsession for me the likes of which I've never had before, and I have to consciously restrain myself from driving friends and family insane with talking about it -- none are more than slight opera fans at best. So, I'm curious how my 'obsession' compares to others. I'd guess I spend 15-20 hours per week on average watching or listening to opera, which doesn't seem that extreme considering a typical American watches 3 hours of tv per night.

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    Always listened to various classical vocal works (cantata, lieder, oratorio, opera), but opera is now a growing interest.

    During the season the MET Opera Saturday matinee live radio broadcast is wonderful.
    And now PBS has been showing more MET Opera on TV.

    Lately I've been trying to snap up OOP opera sets on the market before the price goes up.

    Recently picked up:

    Abbado, Boris Godunov
    Karajan, Boris Godunov
    Abbado, Khovanshchina (mebbe shouda gone with Gergiev?)
    Kleiber, Tristan und Isolde
    Böhm, Siegfried
    Haitink, Siegfried
    Ozawa, Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Over the last year, opera has become an obsession for me the likes of which I've never had before, and I have to consciously restrain myself from driving friends and family insane with talking about it -- none are more than slight opera fans at best. So, I'm curious how my 'obsession' compares to others. I'd guess I spend 15-20 hours per week on average watching or listening to opera, which doesn't seem that extreme considering a typical American watches 3 hours of tv per night.


    Thank goodness. I'm glad I'm not the only one. And my obsession seems to be getting worse.

    I'm interested in how you reach your hours total. Do you listen more than watch or vice versa? And do you watch on Met Player? I am resisting subscribing.. so far.

    I voted 5 - 10 hours per week but sometimes it's more. I walk to work every day which takes me 40 minutes & I walk back & I listen to opera on my mp3. So 1 hour 20 minutes times five = 6 hours 40 minutes listening. Then on Saturdays I watch a DVD while I do the ironing. If I don't go out on Saturday night I watch another one and same with Sundays. I don't usually watch one mid week but tonight is an exception as I'm about to watch this.



    I have this on order



    and I'll review & compare on the DVD thread when I've watched both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Thank goodness. I'm glad I'm not the only one. And my obsession seems to be getting worse.

    I'm interested in how you reach your hours total. Do you listen more than watch or vice versa? And do you watch on Met Player? I am resisting subscribing.. so far.

    I voted 5 - 10 hours per week but sometimes it's more. I walk to work every day which takes me 40 minutes & I walk back & I listen to opera on my mp3. So 1 hour 20 minutes times five = 6 hours 40 minutes listening. Then on Saturdays I watch a DVD while I do the ironing. If I don't go out on Saturday night I watch another one and same with Sundays. I don't usually watch one mid week but tonight is an exception as I'm about to watch this.



    I have this on order



    and I'll review & compare on the DVD thread when I've watched both.
    Agreed, it's tough to determine precisely how many hours I average per week. Similarly to you, during the week I'll watch several youtube clips, highlights from various opera dvds I've ripped and encoded and stored on my NAS, and some mp3s. During the weekend I'll generally watch at least one opera all the way through. I much prefer watching to simply listening, especially for operas featuring talented actors.

    No Met Player yet -- like you, I'm resisting the urge to subscribe but am hinting around at it as an ideal birthday present

    One 'advantage' I have is a surfeit of free time as I've been single since losing my wife two years ago. In a very real way, opera has essentially saved my life -- it's added something that was missing and gives me something to look forward to every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    I much prefer watching to simply listening, especially for operas featuring talented actors..
    I'm with you on that - although sometimes I like to listen as it makes me really concentrate on the words, especially if it's languages I know, and if if I don't know them that well (my German is getting very Wagnerian).

    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    No Met Player yet -- like you, I'm resisting the urge to subscribe but am hinting around at it as an ideal birthday present
    Subscribing is the best thing I've done, even though they've had an Epic Fail recently when all their videos disappeared, and they are getting them back slowly - but subscribers were credited for this. I would watch everything on Classical TV first if I were you.

    They have a lot audio broadcasts - it means you can listen to an opera before deciding whether you like the music enough to buy a DVD. There are also broadcasts of productions that are not available on DVD yet - the Nozze with Raimondi and Battle, the Salome with Mattila, an amazing Damnation de Faust, Pique Dame with Domingo and Hvorostovsky.

    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    One 'advantage' I have is a surfeit of free time as I've been single since losing my wife two years ago. In a very real way, opera has essentially saved my life -- it's added something that was missing and gives me something to look forward to every day.
    I'm sorry to hear that rgz.
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    My vote was 20-25 hours.

    I don't go out in the evenings any longer and if I do it's to see a live opera or watch the Met HD cinema performances. I watch an opera DVD, or Met Player, or Classical TV every night for about 2-3 hours (There is literally nothing I would choose to watch on NZ TV as it is populated entirely by reality shows or grim forensic crime shows where the SOCOs toss their long blond hair all over the crime scenes. The only decent TV is on Maori TV and I don't speak more than about 30 words of Maori)

    Then during the day I would watch Youtube clips and I listen to opera when I exercise, iron, cook .

    If I'm not watching I read forums, books (currently a biography of Maria Callas) and blogs about opera.

    Somehow work and family life get fitted in around that.
    Natalie

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    My vote was 0-5 hours because I'm an cellist and am used to a more...how to put it delicately... accurate pitch in my music. The vibrato on many of the singers in opera is so wide that they actually cover several notes with any one of their notes. Don't get me wrong, some intrumentalists have too wide of a vibrato as well, and I don't enjoy that either!
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    Less than 5 hours, I don't get new recordings daily, if I listen to opera I have to prepare for it by knocking the libretto into my head, getting free day, strave my ears with chamber music for couple of listening sessions so the long symphonic-vocal work won't annoy me... a lot of stuff.

    It doesn't mean I don't like opera, rather that I approach it more seriously than Donizetti fans.

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    Depends on how much time I have. Some weeks less than 5 hours, other weeks more than 10. If I had to name one genre as my favorite it would be opera, but I listen to lots of other stuff as well, so my time spend listening to music is divided between all those different genres.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    My hours on opera per week can vary from none to many tens of hours. It all depends on my mood and what I recently bought. I guess I do not actively say I must listen to at least a certain number of hours a week. I love opera. It is an important genre in my musical activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    One 'advantage' I have is a surfeit of free time as I've been single since losing my wife two years ago. In a very real way, opera has essentially saved my life -- it's added something that was missing and gives me something to look forward to every day.
    My condolences rgz.
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    (Much) less than 5 hours a week. Opera is my least favoured genre. I usually prefer the highlights or compilations of arias to listening to a whole opera straight through. I listen to basically any classical music on radio, except when they have their opera night. But recently, I listened to an opera by Charpentier that was broadcast & enjoyed it quite a bit. I am trying to listen to one broadcast per month, but even that's not easy for me. I might get into borrowing opera cd's from the local library, which has an ok collection. I don't like to buy opera because it's not value for money for me - I would only listen to it say once a year...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I'm sorry to hear that rgz.
    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    My condolences rgz.
    Thank you for the kind words. Hope my comment wasn't interpreted as fishing for sympathy; meant it merely as an explanation as to why I have extra time to watch or listen to opera. Lots of free time, combined with the enthusiasm of someone who comes into something late at life (i.e., the most passionate anti-smokers are those who used to smoke and quit, not those who never smoked).

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    I do listen to opera regularly, but I love all kinds of classical music,orchestral,chamber,whatever,so I don't want to confine myself to it,as much as I love it.
    There's so much wonderful classical music of all kinds out there ! It's frustrating not to get to hear it all. I've heard a heck of a lot of it over the years, but there are still so many interesting things available on CD and DVD etc I haven't heard yet.
    I've heard hundreds of operas on CD,LP and tape since I was a teenager,and that doesn't count the individual operas I've heard multiple recordings of,but so many I haven't heard yet.
    I'm curious to hear,among other things, the operas of Siegfried Wagner which have recently been revived, and so many other composers.
    Is it a blessing or a curse to have such an incredible variety available to us?

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    I voted for less than 5 because I have always found that I prefer listening/watching opera live rather than on a cd (and I really don't have time to watch an opera at home... my sons keep me way too busy for that!)
    I feel like it is not meant to be "listened" to. So much is left out, and it just isn't as enjoyable for me.
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