" But just for my own curiosity, you're obviously from the Deutscher Sprachraum, but are you German, Austrian or Swiss?"
Close, but NO cigar. Fistfcukr is most probably a Bulgarian who is or has been living in a German speaking country, like you.
Check the translation of "La Traviata". My meaning will be clearer then. I'm not even suggesting that they're of sufficient talent to perform in either opera.
"La Traviata" is my favorite opera anyway. Most operas are famous for one characteristic or another, but so far as I've seen, "La Traviata" is recognised primarily for the beauty of its music.. Second comes "Die Zauberfloete". Third, "Aida".
I'm a great admirer of Verdi. Were you aware that Verdi's name was used as an abbreviation by revolutionists fighting for the Italian monarchy?
V.E.R.D.I. Victor Emmanuele, Re d'Italia.
Verdi himself was a Senator.
Your writing displays German construction right at the very start. You use a comma after the salutation, and don't begin the first sentence with a capital letter. English requires a comma after the salutatin, and/or a colon, used more for business correspondence, but the first sentence of the text needs a capital letter.
Capitalisation is more important in German than it is in English. An interpreter I worked with gave me this example:
Ich habe in Moskau liebe Genossen
Ich habe in Moskau Liebe genossen.
The only difference is the capitalisaton.
I don't care for Wagnerian opera either. Music's too heavy. I have Wagner's autobiography in my library, but it's difficult reading because he's such an insufferable egotist that it takes real effort not to put the book down after a page or two.
I had an experience which may interest you. The modern youth are raised on cacophonic music, and have no appreciation of the structure of classical music.
I had a working situation where I had to commute between Nurnberg and Wurzburg. Each Sunday evening, I'd drive to Wurzburg. Generally at the same time each evening. On one trip, there was a young man hitch-hiking to his girlfriend's house. I picked him up, and did so for several weeks thereafter. One night, I had the music from "Die Zauberfloete" on the tape recorder in the car.
He listened to it quietly for a long time, and then asked, "That's the most beautiful music I ever heard. What is it?" He was astounded when I told him it was opera music. He was even more shocked when I told him it had been written by a composer from the Sprachraum. I have no idea why the young folks want to listen to some of the stuff I see on TV when the most beautiful music in the world has been written in the Sprachraum.
"They want to play Walkyrie when they're made up for La Traviata."
This time you blew it. Stay away from opera. Verdy would be rolling in his grave if he knew that his heroin was been seen in a negative light... Not that WW and Nellie deserve it but this is your intimation, no?
DrFaust, how am I doing with the English? Do you u-n--d--e-r-s-t-a-n-d me???? lol
Bill and the Fistfcuker are way off about me. I see myself more as a Carmen than as a la Traviata. But I will even accept La Boheme.
Isn't is surprising how Bill pays lip service to German-speaking composers, German music, German opera, yet his favorite operas are all Italian and so is his favorite composer. He must be having a senior moment, as usual.
" This time you blew it. Stay away from opera. Verdy would be rolling in his grave if he knew that his heroin was been seen in a negative light... Not that WW and Nellie deserve it but this is your intimation, no?"
HAHAHAHA! Verdi would be turning in his grave if the knew how Bill calls him a German composer.
Seriously, neither WW or I are Violetta types, more the Carmen or Mimi types. Bill has got us all wrong. Wild women is what we are, not sick, shrinking violets. lol
"I'm a great admirer of Verdi. Were you aware that Verdi's name was used as an abbreviation by revolutionists fighting for the Italian monarchy?
V.E.R.D.I. Victor Emmanuele, Re d'Italia.
Verdi himself was a Senator."
Please indicate where in the above quote Bill indicated that Verdi is/was a German composer.
Perhaps you are mistaken ?
Well, aren't you original and so erudite, with your Aida and your Kant and ooooh, Faust. I'd bet dollars to donuts you've read the Cliff's Notes on Kant and heard the Aida overture on TV.
"Didn't get the Traviata" thing, my lilly-white ass.
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