Dec 10 2009

The Cat Above and The Mouse Below

Published by under Barber of Seville

The Cat Above and The Mouse Below

The Cat Above and The Mouse Below

An opera, in particular The Barber of Seville, seemed like something that I wouldn’t be able to connect with, but little did I know I knew most of the songs before I had ever heard of the Opera. The Barber of Seville was a good choice to introduce us to the opera because so many of its songs are so well known, appearing in cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and the Simpsons. Another thing that stood out about it was its bawdy and low humor comedy, which was unexpected for “The Met,” a place whose very name carries weight and prestige. The only inconvenience was the (ridiculously) overpriced food, and having to stay out so late on a school night. Overall it was interesting, but it could have been better planned.

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “The Cat Above and The Mouse Below”

  1.   Aon 12 Dec 2009 at 3:44 pm

    You were really into the opera. I remember how you wouldn’t even let me change your subtitles to German…

    And I love the cartoons this music appeared in.

  2.   Sijia Sunon 11 Dec 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Yes, it was a very good experience. Never expected opera to actually keep me awake form more than 2 hours.

  3.   Jason Waton 11 Dec 2009 at 11:29 pm

    It was great listening to all the songs from the cartoons. It kind of reminded of my childhood when I watched all these cartoons.

  4.   Rhianna Mohamedon 11 Dec 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hahhah, Chi.. You are going way off topic, but I love it. Sam, my points exactly (though I think it’s more of an okay opera for me).. Planning it on a thurs/friday night could’ve helped take my mind off of what train to catch asap to reach home to get to school on time the next morning. 🙁

  5.   Nguyen Chion 11 Dec 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Oh man, I was so happy when I saw a picture of Tim And Jerry on your post. I didn’t expect you post to be talking about Barber of Saville. You took me by surprise. Tricky tricky!
    Then I read your post and see where you are coming from. I don’t remember this music in Tom & Jerry’s for some reason.

  6.   Zerxis Presson 10 Dec 2009 at 5:09 pm

    As you’ll have mentioned, which I forgot to write in my blog post, the music of the Barber of Seville was something many of us are so familiar with, that we were able to relate to the opera right away.

  7.   Fabiana Sagreraon 10 Dec 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I also liked how most songs were used in cartoons, but I was dissapointed when I read the lyrics to Figaro’s song. I thought to myself “Why is this song so famous if it only talks about a barber and his profession” However, after reading about the importance of barbers at that time I understood.

  8.   Kay Mokon 10 Dec 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I love relating pop culture to traditional art like opera! I remember watching this before we watched the opera and we enjoyed it, haha!