Inna Dukach is an up-and-coming opera singer who, as it happens, is married to Sean Altman (the tallest of the quartet), sometimes called the "godfather of modern a capella". Add his rather outrageous sense of humor and voila! you get "doowopera", complete with a very loose modern translation of the original lyrics. Totally bizarre, but I got a good laugh out of it.
Speaking of odd combinations, ever heard a bagpipe band and a military brass band play together? My dad absolutely loves it when they do this at the local Highland Games.
Ok, ok, I promise I'm done injecting OT weirdness into the conversation now.
I don't actually know what my voice is good at, but I just really enjoy singing German and French art songs. I discovered a while ago that I really enjoy singing Britten as well.
Voice teachers have told me I'm really more of a soprano than a mezzo, but I've never figured out how to be comfy in the upper end of my range. So I sing alto in my chorus (it's more interesting for me anyway), and do "middle voice" literature. Or at least I did...haven't done solo stuff in a while.
My sister used to be a "Queen of the Night"-style coloratura. Then, she had kids. I'm not sure what she would call herself now, but she's got more of a lyric quality, I'd say.
Anyway, are you singing at all right now, or not so much? You've got some big fish to fry with that thesis...maybe once the thesis is done, you can celebrate with a good sing!
Now, that's one I'm not familiar with! Thanks for including the links--it does seem more accessible.
I think I just really need to get over my Wagner thing. I keep finding overtures and orchestral stuff of his that I like. For a while, it was very convenient to dislike Wagner's music, because I disliked HIM so much. It was handy to be able to hate both his bigotry and his music. I may someday find myself in a situation where I continue to hate his bigotry, but appreciate his music nonetheless. And listening to an opera that's not quite so grandiose might just do it.
...is certainly deplorable, but we should realize that antisemitism was extremely common in the 19th Century and to a considerable extent well into the 20th, in the US as well as in Europe. And, unfortunately, some very brilliant artists in many fields have personalities and private lives that most of us would find appalling. I think it's appropriate to admire the art without having to approve of the artist's character.