For about 6 weeks now, I have been a beta-user of a new Opera Community of Interest which is now open for business for all to join as of today - Opera Lively.
The people whoi run Opera Lively are cyber-acquaintances that I have made through my involvement with TalkClassical. In fact, the principal operator of the site was instrumental in nurturing the modest opera sub-forum at TC. A true opera enthusiast, he shares his vision for the site in what he calls the Opera Lively manifesto - here is a PDF copy of this manifesto as it was originally formulated during the early beta days of the site:
(UPDATE: New flyer at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B_Zqkb5HlqTtN2U5YzMxMjItNzI0YS00M2FmLThjODMtZDhjOWFmZmJhYjQ1&hl=en_US)
There are some great features to the site:
Opera in Depth is a set of articles that provide great insight into a particular opera. The first Opera in Depth feature that was developed during the beta days is around La Traviata.
The Discussion forums provide opportunities to talk opera and non-operatic topics as well. A further discussion area promoters discussions in other languages, notably Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and French. This, I believe is unique to Opera Lively and worth investigating, especially if English is not your mother tongue.
As for me, I have been making contributions to discussions and providing either "encore" articles from Pierre's Tuesday Blog as well as original musings under the generic title "Once or Twice a Fortnight". Here are a few links to some of the musings I contributed during the beta phase:
- Once orTwice a Fortnight http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/119-quot-Once-or-Twice-a-Fortnight-quot
- Toscanini's 1946 Broadcast of La Traviata http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/218-Once-or-Twice-a-Fortnight-Toscanini-s-1946-Broadcast-of-La-Traviata?p=1809#post1809
- Ночь пе́ред Рождество́м by Nikolai Gogol http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/246-Once-or-Twice-a-Fortnight-%D0%9D%D0%BE%D1%87%D1%8C-%D0%BF%D0%B5%CC%81%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%A0%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B4%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%BE%CC%81%D0%BC-by-Nikolai-Gogol
- Die Fledermaus (In the Public Domain) http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/312-OTF-quot-In-the-Public-Domain-quot-Die-Fledermaus
- Mr. Liszt Goes to the Opera http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/383-OTF-Mr-Liszt-Goes-to-the-Opera?p=3762#post3762
Consider this my personal invitation to surf the Opera Lively site and maybe join us in the discussion!