Great Operas of Verdi

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When I was in college I was one of the few lucky students who was invited to participate a special music class whose main concern was to introduce students (who were not studying in the Conservatory) to the wonderful history of music. Apparently, I am one of the select who scored high not only in listening skills, but also in general music comprehension. And so my fate was somehow decided for me: for the next four years, my classmates and I were taught to identify the individual musical instruments, the different musical styles, and, most importantly, the different musical pieces written by different musical composers. Some of us stayed, there are those who left, and there are those who were eventually allowed to join us after much hard work. All of us, however, still have music in our ears up to this very day. I personally like it; it makes me feel good feeling the hum of the violin in my bones still, or the echoes of the flute at my temples.

But my favorites, surprisingly for me, are the opera pieces. When I was much younger, I found operas rather boring, no matter how much my grandmother wanted me to listen to them - my grandmother would have been a famous soprano, had my great-grandfather not insisted that she take up pharmacy. Still, when I first heard the beginnings of Verdi's "Aida" weaving its way out of the radio speakers, I knew that I would be listening to it for the rest of my life - in a good way. There is love, loss and politics to be witnessed in this work; it's quite easy to get hooked. I've listened to Verdi ever since then - it has never failed to help me feel more about my life. Since then, many things become music to my ears.

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