Suspend your disbelief and lean into opera. Originating in Italy during the 16th century, opera gets a bad rap. But strip away the elitist beginnings and sumptuous pageantry, composers and performers give voice to the human condition. Comedian Ed Gardner astutely noted, "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings." Composers like Verdi, however, penned music to move humanity à la Simpre Liberia, "Love is the heartbeat of the universe." The greatest opera performances deliver tingles, joy and for some, tears.
Ask a Librarian and we'll introduce you to a variety of resources to begin your musical journey. Opera collections like Black Dog opera series makes learning and understanding opera enjoyable. Each audiobook comes with a synopsis, biographical information and feature performances by world class vocalists like Leontyne Price, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Beverly Sills. After sampling a few operas, you may find yourself in good company with Joan Baez who acknowledged,"Mostly what I listen to when I turn on my little iPod is opera."
Van Vechten, C., photographer. (1951) [Portrait of Leontyne Price]. , 1951. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004663463/.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone / Colbert Artists Management, New York. , . [195-?] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/91785751/.
Van Vechten, C., photographer. (1956) [Portrait of Beverly Sills]. , 1956. Feb. 7. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004663564/.