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Sep 28, 2011 8:12:00 AM
By BLO Staff

I am a
multi-tasker. However, I find it difficult sometimes to focus on the task at hand and avoid external distractions like
Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. The key to the most effective level of
concentration is that the focus must be intense yet relaxed. I am a
“whistle-while-you-work” type and right now I’m listening to Act II of Verdi’s Macbeth (which is getting me SO excited
for the BLO production!) I find that a well-constructed playlist can help get
the job done. Furthermore, I think opera and classical instrumental music
provides a stimulating balance to ease the stress of project management.
The
positive effect classical music has on the brain as one learns is well
established and I find it allows me to concentrate on the task at hand. Tonal
opera and classical music provides a relaxing atmosphere with the beauty of the
composition itself, but does not distract my attention: it is simply an “easy”
listen. Whether you are an opera buff familiar with these pieces, or someone
who never considered listening to opera while working, check out a few of the
pieces I find to be perfect additions of inspiration and beauty for my study
playlists and everyday life!
1)      Song to the Moon (from Rusalka)
2)     Meditation (from Tha ïs)
3)     Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)
4)     Chopin Etude in E Major
5)     Ev’ry Valley (from Handel’s Messiah)
6)     ANY Mozart Piano Concerto (the Allegro from No. 5 is a personal
favorite)
7)     Au fond du temple saint (from Les pêcheurs de perles)
8)     Dove sono (from The
Marriage of Figaro
)
And,
maybe when you complete your next big project, or cross off the last item on
your to-do list, you can blast the end of “Nessun Dorma” or “Ride of the
Valkyries” for some dramatic effect.
--Melanie
Burbules, Boston University ‘14

Topics: Student Posts, General Opera, loving opera, macbeth, opera roundup

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