As they say it's always good to state ones prejudice and opinions up front. So here is mine, I'm not a big opera fan. I know I could listen to the Metropolitan Opera through XM Radio, but I don't.
So this afternoon I went to the Wyndfield Community Church for a vocal recital. The two singers were Lindsay Mew and Catherine Bakker. Perhaps its unfair of me to say anyting about opera since the afternoon featured a variety of musical styles, from modern (Candide by Leonard Bernstein) to works featuring the words of William Shakespeare and more traditional opera pieces. Included was some popular vocal pieces, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flower_Duet. To all of us pop culture mavens, it was song that was featured in the British Airways advertisement:
They closed with Duetto buffo di due gatti, or Humourous duet of two cats. It featured both singers 'meowing' at each other and some hissing, much as you would expect the encounter of two cats. It brought the crowd to laugh and to their feet in an ovation, which was well deserved.
The concert lasted 90 minutes and it was a delightful way to spend this time on a Sunday afternoon.