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Michaela Rožňavská



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What do you think is the main reason why contemporary kids do not like / understand opera?

Speaking of music, my generation has a strong tendency to go mainstream and identify themselves with modern music, that unfortunately seems to be from assembly line production -- all the same with no soul and no real massage to demonstrate.
When I mention opera as a beautiful music genre and an interesting way of expressing your thoughts through music, the majority doesnt get it. They probably think it is too "old school" or too boring to have an actual contribution to their lives, or they assume it is a part of the "high-society" life, that not all of them can and want to live.
Can you think of any ways to make opera more attractive and open to all of us? Do you think opera should somehow evolve and adapt to the requirements of the market, or that it should stay classical and traditional?


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    Oct 11 2011: I don't like Opera because A) I cant understand what their saying, B)I feel like I'm being yelled at, and C) It all sounds similar, it doesn't really alter in sound
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      Oct 11 2011: and it never occurred to you that maybe you just don't notice the nuances. i'm not sure if you are cute in your honesty or just arrogant.
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        Oct 13 2011: I was worried someone would say this. I'm not trying to be arrogant in any way, I think it was just the way I worded it that it could appear that way...sorry about that.
    • Oct 11 2011: Okay, I get what you are saying...
      So what kind of music do you like? What genre do you think best describes you? Through what do you seek relax, understanding and beauty?
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        Oct 13 2011: I personally like techno, there is something so emotional about the usually instrumental music. Not many kids my age like it though...in all honesty im one of pretty much 6 kids in my school who do listen to it. And I almost always get chills of satisfaction at at least 1 part in the song.
        • Oct 13 2011: Yes, techno can be very energizing sometimes. I love instrumental music as well...usually purely instrumental soundtracks from various movies, because they have a unique energy in them. I like music which paints pictures in my mind, which brings taste into my mouth and soothes me or gives me chills- just like you said. Music should behave like a living organism-- thats how I judge whether it is good or not.
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        Oct 14 2011: Same here, you should try listening to a cd by the name of Chorus of Tribes by Myth. It's worldly but its still techno like. At first it was weird but i've really come to like it
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        Oct 16 2011: my pleasure

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