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Heroes in Opera: 6 Types of Heroes

Last Wednesday in my English class, we had a lecture on different types of heroes in literature. I'll elaborate on my traumatic experience of thinking that I was the first person ever to identify Don Giovanni as the best Anti-Hero in opera only to discover that that topic had been developed millions of times already later. 

Anyhoo, during my research I discovered an article on Huffpost.com written by Rebecca Tinkle called The 6 Hero Types: Which One Are You? I thought, I don't know which one I am, but I sure can bring up an opera character for each type. And so I did.

FYI, Tinkle's bio says that she is an author, film producer, yoga and energy master, and meditation enthusiast. You can find her original article here.  Let's jump right in!

The first hero Tinkle has on her list is The Warrior. I figure she chose to start with this type of hero because it is probably the most typical hero and the easiest to identify in any story. The Warrior is essentially your lovable rebe…

"When The Ocean Is Tired", a short story by Laura Iceberg

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Usually, when I go to the beach in the morning, I say:

"Ocean! Oh, Ocean! I like you! Do you like me too?"

And the ocean answers:

"S-s-s-sure. . . S-s-s-sure. . . S-s-s-sure. . ."

And when I go to the beach in the evening, I can hear the ocean telling me "He-e-e-e-lp-p-p me, ple-e-a-ase. . . He-e-e-e-lp-p-p me, ple-e-a-ase. . . "

But how can I help the ocean? And I shout to him:

"Oh, Ocean! Oh, Great Ocean! Oh, hoary Ocean! You're so ancient and so huge! You're so wise and so mighty. Oh, tell me, please, how can I help you? I'm so small and weak, and old and tired. . . Explain to me, please, how can I help you?"

But the ocean only asks me again and again: "He-e-e-e-lp-p-p me, ple-e-a-ase. . . He-e-e-e-lp-p-p me, ple-e-a-ase. . . He-e-e-e-lp-p-p me, ple-e-a-ase. . . "


"Oh, Ocean! I see! You're tired. You're like our poor heart: working, and working, and working constantly without ceasing. The human's heart is tired …

Heroes in Opera: 6 Types of Heroes

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Last Wednesday in my English class, we had a lecture on different types of heroes in literature. I'll elaborate on my traumatic experience of thinking that I was the first person ever to identify Don Giovanni as the best Anti-Hero in opera only to discover that that topic had been developed millions of times already later. 

Anyhoo, during my research I discovered an article on Huffpost.com written by Rebecca Tinkle called The 6 Hero Types: Which One Are You? I thought, I don't know which one I am, but I sure can bring up an opera character for each type. And so I did.

FYI, Tinkle's bio says that she is an author, film producer, yoga and energy master, and meditation enthusiast. You can find her original article here.  Let's jump right in!

The first hero Tinkle has on her list is The Warrior. I figure she chose to start with this type of hero because it is probably the most typical hero and the easiest to identify in any story. The Warrior is essentially your lovable reb…

Luciano Pavarotti on Opera

The following is an excerpt from the foreword written by the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti to The La Scala Encyclopedia of the Opera by Giorgio Bagnoli. Translated by Graham Fawcett.

"Opera means passion, excitement and love, but like all great emotional experiences, it calls for a deeper understanding and needs to be constantly cultivated and nurtured. This is why for some years now I have not concentrated exclusively on performing opera but also on making it more widely known as well as strengthening its roots by searching out new singing talent, setting up new music institutions and becoming involved in operatic events aimed to have widespread public appeal."

-Luciano Pavarotti