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14th May '16 11:21:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''MadMen: Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro''

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* ''MadMen: ''Series/MadMen: Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro''
13th May '16 12:13:24 PM lavendermintrose
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJv2aIjRb88 This production]] of an opera about Elizabeth I takes it UpToEleven.
28th Apr '16 12:10:56 AM Luc
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!! Special Cases
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* Traditional Musical Theater Plays Frequently Performed By Opera Companies
** ''Theater/{{Showboat}}''
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2nd Apr '16 8:35:24 PM CaptEquinox
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* BrawnHilda: A rather unfortunate stereotype of opera singers (as in the saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings"). Although it's usually very exaggerated, it does have a degree of TruthInTelevision since the vocal pipes necessary to support a huge operatic voice often go along with a [[BigBeautifulWoman larger frame]]. The trope may have originated from Wagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Die Walküre]]'',[[note]]Specifically, the scene in ''The Valkyrie'' where she's put in suspended animation and surrounded by fire, concluding that part of the story.[[/note]] where the main character, [[TropeNamer Brünnhilde]], is often played by an imposing woman. Though if you think that means opera singers are unattractive, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/uhohspaghettio/what-happened-to-opera-9mn7 think again]].

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* BrawnHilda: A rather unfortunate stereotype of opera singers (as in the saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings"). Although it's usually very exaggerated, it does have a degree of TruthInTelevision since the vocal pipes necessary to support a huge operatic voice often go along with a [[BigBeautifulWoman larger frame]]. The trope may have originated from Wagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Die Walküre]]'',[[note]]Specifically, the scene in ''The Valkyrie'' conclusion, where she's put in suspended animation and surrounded by fire, concluding that part of the story.fire.[[/note]] where the main character, [[TropeNamer Brünnhilde]], is often played by an imposing woman. Though if you think that means opera singers are unattractive, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/uhohspaghettio/what-happened-to-opera-9mn7 think again]].
2nd Apr '16 8:34:33 PM CaptEquinox
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* BrawnHilda: A rather unfortunate stereotype of opera singers (as in the saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings"). Although it's usually very exaggerated, it does have a degree of TruthInTelevision since the vocal pipes necessary to support a huge operatic voice often go along with a [[BigBeautifulWoman larger frame]]. The trope may have originated from Wagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Die Walküre]]'', where the main character, [[TropeNamer Brünnhilde]], is often played by an imposing woman. Though if you think that means opera singers are unattractive, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/uhohspaghettio/what-happened-to-opera-9mn7 think again]].

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* BrawnHilda: A rather unfortunate stereotype of opera singers (as in the saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings"). Although it's usually very exaggerated, it does have a degree of TruthInTelevision since the vocal pipes necessary to support a huge operatic voice often go along with a [[BigBeautifulWoman larger frame]]. The trope may have originated from Wagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Die Walküre]]'', Walküre]]'',[[note]]Specifically, the scene in ''The Valkyrie'' where she's put in suspended animation and surrounded by fire, concluding that part of the story.[[/note]] where the main character, [[TropeNamer Brünnhilde]], is often played by an imposing woman. Though if you think that means opera singers are unattractive, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/uhohspaghettio/what-happened-to-opera-9mn7 think again]].



** Sexy, beautiful male and female singers date back to the earliest days. [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/ac/a2/5f/aca25f52d29d74152797ec339bc34697.jpg Lily Pons]] was barely five feet tall and had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olY5DnGU8zc a voice like a crystal canary]].
** The "Brawn Hilda" image is probably based on Kirsten Flagstad, due to her having [[https://youtu.be/YC6f8FbnVMQ?t=71 performed in full costume]] the wild "Ho-jo-to-ho!" chant from ''The Valkyrie'' in several 1940s films.



* IllGirl: Mimi in ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' and Violetta in ''Theatre/LaTraviata.''. They both have the infamous IncurableCoughOfDeath

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* IllGirl: Mimi in ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' and Violetta in ''Theatre/LaTraviata.''. They both have the infamous IncurableCoughOfDeathIncurableCoughOfDeath.



** "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi's Theatre/{{Il Trovatore}} has been troublesome for almost every tenor who has played Manrico. He is expected (pretty much forced) to end it on a very long and hard high C (pretty ridiculous considering the note isn't even written.) most tenors take the key down a half or whole step and sing either a high B or Bb. And the fact that Manrico is usually played by a dramatic tenor doesn't help. Franco Corelli was a legend at this and usually sang it in the original key topped with a thrilling high C. See for your self "[[http://youtu.be/xDHSFxVbMWc here]]"

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** "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi's Theatre/{{Il Trovatore}} has been troublesome for almost every tenor who has played Manrico. He is expected (pretty much forced) to end it on a very long and hard high C (pretty ridiculous considering the note isn't even written.) most tenors take the key down a half or whole step and sing either a high B or Bb. And the fact that Manrico is usually played by a dramatic tenor doesn't help. Franco Corelli was a legend at this and usually sang it in the original key topped with a thrilling high C. See for your self yourself "[[http://youtu.be/xDHSFxVbMWc here]]"
22nd Feb '16 7:56:26 PM PaulA
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* Franz Lehár
** ''Theatre/TheMerryWidow''
22nd Feb '16 1:31:45 AM PaulA
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* NamesTheSame: It helps to be a bit more specific when you're looking for operas by Strauss. Johann Strauss wrote all those lighthearted waltzes, but also several light operas, the only one still regularly performed being ''Die Fledermaus''; Richard Strauss (no relation) wrote dramatic pieces like ''Elektra'' and ''Theatre/{{Salome}}''. (Johann Strauss is also not to be confused with his father, Johann Strauss Sr., or his brother, Josef Strauss...)

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* NamesTheSame: It helps to be a bit more specific when you're looking for operas by Strauss. Johann Strauss wrote all those lighthearted waltzes, but also several light operas, the only one still regularly performed being ''Die Fledermaus''; ''Theatre/DieFledermaus''; Richard Strauss (no relation) wrote dramatic pieces like ''Elektra'' and ''Theatre/{{Salome}}''. (Johann Strauss is also not to be confused with his father, Johann Strauss Sr., or his brother, Josef Strauss...)


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* Johann Strauss, Jr.
** ''Theatre/DieFledermaus''
19th Feb '16 4:23:36 AM AutumnLeaves
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* Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
** ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden
20th Jan '16 5:50:46 PM Adept
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* Several ''VictorianRomanceEmma'' characters are opera fans. Rossini's ''Barber of Seville'' plays a minor role in the story.

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* Several ''VictorianRomanceEmma'' ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' characters are opera fans. Rossini's ''Barber of Seville'' plays a minor role in the story.
30th Dec '15 4:45:31 PM Jeduthun
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* IconicOutfit: A shrieking BrawnHilda in armor and a viking helmet brandishing a spear. (She is a {{flanderized}} version of Brünnhilde from ''Theater/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', and doesn't actually appear in any modern productions; see ShallowParody.)



* ShallowParody: A typical {{parody}} of opera is likely to feature a [[ScreamingWoman shrieking]] [[BrawnHilda fat lady]] in [[HornyVikings armor and a horned helmet]], brandishing a spear. There's only one opera that's ever featured a somewhat similar costume, ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'''s Brünnhilde, and it's been pretty much phased out in modern productions. (Admittedly though, it is a fairly IconicOutfit, so it may perhaps be excused in cases where quick visual shorthand is needed to establish "Oh, an opera!")

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* ShallowParody: A typical {{parody}} of opera is likely to feature a [[ScreamingWoman shrieking]] [[BrawnHilda fat lady]] in [[HornyVikings armor and a horned helmet]], brandishing a spear. There's only one opera that's ever featured a somewhat similar costume, ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'''s Brünnhilde, and it's been pretty much phased out in modern productions. (Admittedly though, it is a fairly IconicOutfit, so it may perhaps be excused in cases where quick visual shorthand is needed to establish "Oh, an opera!")opera!") If the parody isn't this, then it probably involves a [[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville fat Italian barber]]…


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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Well, singing is. You often find lengthy arias in dramatic moments along the lines of "Yes, now we must quickly run away, silently, before anyone spots us, yes, softly, let us run…"
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