Make opera your friend!

Hello everyone! I am a hardcore opera and classical music fan, and I have been hearing opera during almost 5 years, (My native language is spanish so sorry if I have some grammar mistakes). Many of the most funny, dramatic and easy to hear operas are in Italian; Mozart, Saglieri, Handel, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini etc... and hearing them over and over again had helped me a lot in the adquisition of a new language. So I promote you to hear more opera music and just like songs, new words will be sticked in your mind. Greetings!

January 11, 2015


I thought learning Italian would help with listening to opera, but it hasn't yet. I think we might need a special set of lessons with words like "murder" and "betrayal" and "seduction" . . . but we haven't had those yet :) Any other words common to opera that we opera fans should learn?

January 12, 2015

Maledetta, traditore, maledizione.

On the other side, amore, caro/a, baci, carezze.

January 12, 2015

Definitely lasciare, I have seen that specific word a lot in barroque operas and pietà as in mercy or pity. I suggest also to check Im preety sure you can search translations of the full librettos in english there.

January 12, 2015

I am doing DL Italian for the same reason. I buy Italian operas on CD with printed libretti. I listen to the opera while I follow the libretto printed in Italian and English. It's fun and beautiful at the same time. Just be sure to buy operas with the libretti printed in booklet form. I for one would never buy the ones with the libretto on a bonus cd. Who wants to listen to opera sitting in front of a computer. Like you I have a long way to go but I am enjoying the journey.

July 15, 2017

That's lovely! I've been speaking Italian since I was a child and at first I didn't understand a word of operas, but I always had lots of fun trying to sing random senteces with a big voice!

January 11, 2015

Yes, when I hear the opera arias, I have to see the italian subtitles so I can understand what they are actually singing, but with practice and constantly hearing the same opera you finally get what the artists are singing without subtitles. Greetings :D

January 11, 2015

That's great! I'm going to see an opera this week and you got me really excited! Grazie!

January 11, 2015

You are welcome, I recommend you Giulio Cesare in Egitto from Handel, definitely one of my favorite operas and La Traviatta from Verdi is very dramatic and beautifull too.

January 11, 2015

It was really good! I enjoyed the whole evening and at the end, the main actresses came to talk to some of the audience who remained (me included).

I couldn't pick all the words they were saying but I did notice they were saying 'vostro' when normally you'd use 'tuo' and using the plural form of a verb, even when speaking to a single man or woman.

Can you explain why? Thank you?

January 16, 2015

I was brought up with Italian opera and now am learning a little Italian (my daughter is marrying an Italian). Going back to favourite operas on youtube, the comic operas of Rossini and Donnizetti provide the most understandable Italian, maybe because the singers have to spit the words out and they are part of the fun. Most baritone arias are sung very clearly in comic opera. There is a danger one is learning very old-fashioned Italian, though! Greetings!

January 15, 2015

Besides always wanting to learn Italian, last year I actually got to it because I started studying music theory and my teacher said "You have to learn some Italian!"

January 12, 2015

And if you want to learn Italian and have studied music, you will find you already know words like crescendo/growing, fermata/stop,forte/strong,..

January 12, 2015

Same here! I work in the opera and actually have a DuoLingo app club for opera lovers learning Italian called All'Opera! I'm the only active member, though. It had a bunch of people but everyone was inactive with 0-day streaks and no participation. I removed them to make room for more active members so if you would like to join it, use the DuoLingo app and the invite code: 96Q6CV

In bocca al lupo!

December 30, 2018

I started learning Italian because I find it a beautiful melodious language and as I am very fond of Italian opera, I hoped to better understand what they are singing, which I do (with the help of the booklets with the libretto). I sing in a choir and sometimes we have to study Italian songs. So I can translate to Dutch, which is my mother tongue, and help the members of the choir with the pronounciation.

May 28, 2019
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