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Fragments of La Traviata
January 20, 2010 8:12 PM   Subscribe

Fragments of La Traviata in a Spanish fruit market
posted by Blazecock Pileon (24 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
fantastic
posted by found missing at 8:31 PM on January 20, 2010


¿Ves cómo te gusta la ópera?

See how much you like the opera?

photos
posted by whatnotever at 8:32 PM on January 20, 2010


Beautiful...
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:33 PM on January 20, 2010


Simpatico.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 8:46 PM on January 20, 2010


When Americans want to pull a public stunt we organize a flash mob to take off their pants. The Spanish do this.
posted by jlowen at 9:08 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Bravo.
posted by nola at 9:09 PM on January 20, 2010


It's "bravo" right? I'm not getting it mixed up am I?
posted by nola at 9:11 PM on January 20, 2010


Yes, "Bravo!" as in Bravissimo!! A wonderful post. A good moment in the world.
posted by Vibrissae at 9:14 PM on January 20, 2010


Oh, yes. Can we have an international opera comeback now, please?
posted by Mizu at 9:31 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I do love La Traviata. A friend of mine is an opera soprano and she gave an impromptu performance of some Nozze di Figaro and Wagner at barbecue last year. (Yes, we do love us those old Warner Brothers cartoons.) Experiencing opera up close and personal like in this video is breathtaking and awesome and I wish everyone could get such a chance.
posted by ooga_booga at 11:18 PM on January 20, 2010


That's great.
posted by Abiezer at 11:54 PM on January 20, 2010


I want to shop at that store.
posted by Cranberry at 12:06 AM on January 21, 2010


Wonderful!

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Opera is in terrible financial trouble right now, barely surviving on a very-short-term loan they somehow managed to squeeze out of the city. Maybe if they took a cue from Spain and did their own Opera Mobs at, I dunno, the Venice Beach boardwalk or the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, or the Grove, or in front of the line at Pink's, they would get some attention and help. It sure couldn't hurt.
posted by Asparagirl at 12:24 AM on January 21, 2010


I want to go to there...and eat chorizo and cured ham while listening to opera.
posted by srboisvert at 2:30 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think I'll stick with Mr. Bean's fruit market opera...
posted by fairmettle at 2:50 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


The guy crying at 2:33? I know why he's crying. Its because a part of him has been walking around for his whole life wishing that something as beautiful as this could happen every day.
posted by Jofus at 4:14 AM on January 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Pepsi...opera?
posted by odinsdream at 4:51 AM on January 21, 2010


Any idea which town this was in? I was just in the Mercado in Valencia and the video looked very familiar.
posted by Xurando at 5:17 AM on January 21, 2010


Well, the title frame at the start said Valencia, if that's any clue...
posted by aqsakal at 5:32 AM on January 21, 2010


"VAAAALENCIA!!!! Stick your head between your legs and whistle up your Barcelonaaaaa!"

We were big fans of Opera in our house growing up, but it took me a while to get that they weren't really singing my Dad's lyrics.
posted by Jofus at 6:37 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


This made my shitty day slightly less shitty. More so than Shiba Inu cam, even.
posted by spamguy at 7:53 AM on January 21, 2010


Very awesome. Thanks. I love high-brow knocked off its high horse.

As a teenager I was one of the hired opera singers at The Macaroni Grill in BFE Florida. Yep, that was me. I always LOVED seeing the look on peoples' faces— the same looks captured in this video. Generally... confusion and wonder.
posted by functionequalsform at 8:43 AM on January 21, 2010


From the comments on the YouTube link -

Un día cualquiera de mercado, la música empieza a sonar entre los puestos de frutas y verduras. Fragmentos de la Traviata de Verdi interpretados en pleno Mercado Central de Valencia, entre los puestos de frutas y verduras. Los rostros de los compradores, asombrados ante la magia del arte, hacen que recuperemos la confianza en el buen gusto. El gusto por la buena fruta, la verdura, el champán, la música y la vida. ¡Dis-fruta-dlo!

Roughly (heavily assisted by machine translation, my Spanish is so rusty)

One ordinary market day(1), music begins to sound out among the fruit and vegetable stalls. Excerpts from Verdi's La Traviata performed in the middle of Valencia Central Market, among the fruit and vegetable stalls. The guests' faces, astonished at the magic of art, make us regain our faith in good taste. The taste of good fruit, vegetables, champagne, music and life. Enjoy it!(2)

1: I'm guessing at the meaning of "Un día cualquiera de mercado," I don't exactly get the use of cualquiera, which would literally translate as "one day either of market," but cualquiera can also mean things like whichever, whoever or anyone.
2: Disfrutadlo means "enjoy it," it is a little pun too as it is written ¡Dis-fruta-dlo! - "fruta" meaning "fruit".
posted by nanojath at 8:49 AM on January 21, 2010


...cualquiera can also mean things like whichever, whoever or anyone.

Yep! In this case, it means, "It was a day at the market, just like any other day."
posted by functionequalsform at 9:55 AM on January 21, 2010


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