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SCHUBERT, Symphony No. 5
MOZART, Symphony No. 25

Eunice Tong, conductor

Opera Buffa (comic opera) was first popular in Italy but declined in the mid-19th century.

Rossini: The Barber of Seville | La Cenerentola
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore | Don Pasquale
Verdi: Falstaff

As in the French opera-comique like Bizet's Carmen, the singspiel was an opera with spoken dialogue. Some known works by:
Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail | The Magic Flute
Beethoven - Fidelio
Lehár - The Merry Widow (20th century)

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“Ehh.. What’s up Doc?”
This simple catchphrase was of Bugs Bunny (Warner Bros, 1930), one of the cartoons that uses classical music embedded in their shows. “Rabbit of Seville”, in which Bugs Bunny escapes the obsessed Elmer Fudd by escaping into a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville; 1816) by Gioachino Rossini.

The Simpsons also watched the popular opera, Carmen by Georges Bizet. It is in four acts which was one of the most frequently performed opera during 2007-2008. But the popularity did not stop there, up to date it is still one of the most performed opera.

Both Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Carmen are Opera Buffas which in general, avoided the overblown spectacle, the storylines were relatable to the middle class and their love stories, and avoided anything of noble matters and history. Its plots were highly sentimental, unambiguosly moral in character, and variably ended happily.

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“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”
Robert Benchley⠀

7000 Meters
That is how much fabric needed in the set of Carmen for costumes.

In The Magic Flute, Mozart incorporated many of their ideals of wisdom, friendship, nature and sacrifice. And about his death some say he was killed because his opera revealed the society’s secrets.

500+ Performances
Despite being hissed at its premiere, The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s most popular work. It is in the top five most performed operas in the current season with 534 performances worldwide.

After an opera, it is appropriate to yell BRAVO for the male lead singer and BRAVA for the lady. If you want to cheer for more than two singer, you can use BRAVI. If the group consists only of women, yell brave.

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#LISTEN to Mahler | Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto

This dreamy and tender music is the ultimate love declaration, written by Gustav Mahler for the young Viennese beauty Alma Schindler. The score calls for strings and harp in the key of F (oftentimes associated with pastoral theme), which creates the intimacy mood between them.

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Gustav Mahler was married to Alma Schindler, the daughter of famous painter Emil Jakob Schindler. The then 23 year old Alma was told to give up her music studies in order to support the 42 year old Mahler, because there can only be one composer in the family, according to him. She then became relentless.

Due to the turmoil of his marriage and for fear of losing Alma, Mahler seek to meet with Sigmund Freud (the father of psychoanalysis). At the time, Alma had started a relationship with Walter Gropius, a German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School.

Though their marriage was far from perfect, Mahler wrote the melodious Adagietto of Symphony no. 5 as a love letter, a musical portrait of her in Symphony no. 6 / Movt. 1, and dedicated Symphony no. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) - all for Alma.

After the death of his first daughter, Mahler learned that his heart was defective, an illness that later became fatal when combined with other complications. After a period of coma, Mahler died on May 18, in Paris.

Happy 160th Birthday to Gustav Mahler!⠀

Born in Bohemia (Czech Republic), the young Mahler did not have a happy childhood, filled with poverty, domestic violence, and many deaths - including the loss of his beloved younger brother.

Mahler was known as an excellent conductor during his lifetime having appointed as the director of Vienna Court Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic. But it was not until 1960s when Leonard Bernstein popularized and make Mahler's symphonies into main repertoires for orchestras.⠀