An old gag title, from a wonderful Warner Bros cartoon, and probably the first thing I think about when it comes to opera. I suppose it's the same for a lot of people, we hear opera and classical music in passing, be it in advertising, brief snippets on the radio, Sunday ABC TV recordings or in pop culture, ranging from Apocalypse Now to Bugs Bunny and anything remotely Kubrick. It's a wonder then, that so many of us can point to a piece of classical music and speak of how we enjoy it, when often so few of us will take the time and learn more.
Some recent recommended listening, and other discoveries:
Largo al factotum - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (As recommended and loved, apart from the very camp introduction!)
Soave il vento - Così fan tutte (Another recommendation. This one's growing on me the more I hear it)
Largo al factotum - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Stumbled across, laughed at and enjoyed)
Wagner's Tannhauser - Part One (I love the power in this stuff. Mmm)
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjue (Miles Davis doing this version. I'm not even sure what basket this goes in)