Monday, November 8, 2010
At lunch today I quizzed one of my colleagues about the path that led him to enjoying opera. He typically travels from Ithaca, NY to Chicago and New York City to attend operatic performances several times a year. He comes from a Nebraska farm background but does have musical skills that placed him in an Army Band during his military service. Thus he has some built in musical knowledge and the subsequent appreciation. As he related to me his experience with opera he explained that it was coincidental that he became an opera fan. By chance he attended an opera while attending the University of Minnesota and eventually acquired a taste for the drama and music. He observed that one must really see and hear an opera as it is performed live to really appreciate the magnificence of this art form. Perhaps that is the reason I have failed to acquire a taste for operas. Maybe I ought to put that on my bucket list. I don't want to be too crass, but maybe it is like one acquiring a taste for beer!
I don't want to offend Mr. Domingo, but I think he qualifies as geezer singer in the same way that Bret Favre qualifies as a geezer quarterback. They both have exceeded the normal age of active performance with excellence in their professions.