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Polly want a soprano?

Sopranos aren’t always women.

There’s the boy soprano–like the wonderful Michael Kepler Meo appearing in New York City Opera’s Seance on a Wet Afternoon. And plenty of sopranos pretending to be boys (trouser roles). There’s also the countertenor, or a male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of a contralto, mezzo-soprano, or (less frequently) a soprano.

Sometimes, sopranos aren’t even human.

My favorite non-human soprano is the African grey parrot who sings (or used to sing–sadly, the parrot died) “The Queen of the Night Aria” from The Magic Flute. In this video, little Menino hits notes I could only dream of reaching.

Menino’s performance was so inspiring, I  refer to an opera-singing parrot in honor of Menino, in a scene from my opera book.

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favorites? who has them–let’s hear them…

Good morning, cats and kittens. Today, I’d like to invite a little audience participation on “opera-toonity.”

Since I have both performers and aficionados visiting this site, I have two questions for you all, and I’d love to hear your answers. Feel free to answer either or both in the comments section.

Here are today’s questions:

  1. What is your favorite opera?
  2. If a performer, what is your favorite operatic role?

I’ll start. I’m afraid it’s going to be an all-Mozart day for me.  Le Nozze di Figaro is my favorite opera. And singing one of the Three Ladies (the mezzo part) in The Magic Flute was my favorite role (if only in workshop).

How about you? What are your favorites?

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