March 3, 2016

Tuning UP the instruments

How many hertz?

Previously I mentioned my experience with the world of opera, and as I mentioned, my beginnings were unusual and a bit messy, so it is time to acquire more knowledge about historical concepts, technical and musical concepts to try to rearrange my mind.

Online we can find magnificent textual information as we can help Wikipedia or browsing through different blogs. The kindest and didactic case is Ópera de Oviedo and the advertising agency Impact5, funded by Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte del Gobierno de España. On playopera we see how our friend Evaristo,make a fun breakdown for us of all the elements inside of an operatic project.


But I have also continued to find some wonderful audiovisual resources for this purpose.

We start with a video course called Introduction to Italian Opera setting by Dartmouth College and managed by the virtual course platform Edx. In addition to this resource we find two even more interesting as;

Opera Italia documentary series streamed by the BBC British chanel, in which they explain the history of Italian opera over time. Antonio Pappano guides us through Italy while explaining the role it has played Italian opera in the culture of Italy.


El Documental consta de tres capítulos:

Pappano born in England, 30/12/1959. He is a conductor and pianist of Italian descent. He is currently the head director of the Royal Opera House of London, and orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, from Roma.

Antonio Pappano‘s contribution audiovisual divulgation not just stop there, but goes beyond providing various kinds of techniques in The Royal Opera House . In this playback  we can watch his videos.

Finally and as a great discovery for innovation and good taste we find ‘This is Ópera’, a Spanish and German co-production recorded in English and Spanish, which is filmed with a great sense of aesthetics and beauty along 30 episodes, being very entertaining and educational, ranging from a critical public even the most inexperienced. This production extends beyond the Italian Opera, coming to discover the German, French opera and its other variants.

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El presentador es Ramon Gener. Born in Barcelona. Degree in Humanities and Business Studies. He began his training as a musician studying piano at the Conservatorio del Liceo and he completed with Anna Maria Albors. On the recommendation of the soprano Victoria de los Ángeles  he began studying singing under his supervision. He completed his vocal studies in Warsaw with Jerzy Artysz baritone artist and in Barcelona with Eduard Giménez tenor . After a run along several years as a baritone he stopped singing and began a new stage as musical communicator. Giving lectures about the world of “classical” music and opera.

The success of his lectures led him to television with the program “Òpera en texans” and then with his last participation in “This is Ópera”. Even so the Opera disclosure of this individual by audiovisual media is not clinched. It must be significant the remarkable contribution made by the Liceo de Barcelona in an unusual documentary mode, the ‘webcam‘. On Youtube we can visualize a full playlist of videos in Castilian and Catalan languages.

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