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An opera singer has moved into our building

An opera singer has moved into our building.

That right there should be enough for a weblog post. I don’t really have to even write anything else.

If you are keeping score, in our building (musically) we now have:
- Opera singer
- Wanna be mid-1990’s grunge guitar player
- The singing folkie couple
- Our friend Richard who practices his smooth guitar hits
- The screaming Yemenis (no actual music, just screaming)

First, I don’t want to be hating on art. Who doesn’t love art? My friggin, worthless college degree was in art. I heart art.
I like music. I buy music. I listen to music.
Musicians. Fine people.

OK. Straight up: I don’t like opera. It makes my body ache. If I am listening to the radio and suddenly there is opera on, I will turn it off (often in a dramatic, over-the-top frantic grab at the radio).

Also, I am not that crazy about the Opera browser, but that is a different post.

The issues
1. The singing of the opera is loud.
2. The opera singer in our building opens their window so that you can hear them a half block away.
3. You may like opera, but I can guarantee that you don’t like “people practicing opera”.
4. Because the crap-ass thin walls in our building muffle some of the sound, in our apartment where only get the high end notes.

Now, let me add that I am just being a wiener here because we are actually on the other side of the building and on a different floor from the opera yeller. Technically, I shouldn’t even be complaining – except that I can hear it when I am in the kitchen.
(Mrs. Robot thinks I am crazy)

I don’t get it.
Forgetting that this is opera singing for a minute, I don’t really “get” how someone would think that producing this much noise on a regular basis would be OK in a tightly packed apartment building. Noise happens. I am fine with that. I make noise myself.

But, when I make noise, 99% of the time my neighbors can still easily watch TV or talk on the phone. I have no idea how the neighbors of this person deal with it. Apart that they may all be crazy.

Question for the opera singers
Do you rent practice space normally for this type of thing? Or do you do it in your apartment?

If you practice in your apartment, do you realize how loud it is?

Do you realize that even if your neighbor is a fan of opera that they may have problems… thinking. Talking. Listening to something else?

Is all of this due to the fact that our opera singer is some sort of poor and struggling opera singer who can’t afford a practice space? And when they become famous, they will thank the residents of Building De La Loco in Brooklyn for their tolerance and patience making me feel like an old Scrooge?

The opera neighbor is next door to the screaming Yemenis.

My question to you is this: Am I the crazy?

i suffer similar throes due to the skateboard kid who lives next door and spends his afternoons in the street making those horrible and sudden wood-plastic-asphalt banging noises. i like to sit on my porch and read, which you cannot do with skateboard noises.
»blaine ||  4/17/2008 ||  10:25:00 AM
i would take opera over skateboard, since opera is at least steady noise and not so constantly startling.
»blaine ||  4/17/2008 ||  10:25:38 AM
Opera singers are really, really loud. I used to get woken up by my landlord's horking asian grandpa.
»pony ||  4/17/2008 ||  11:08:03 AM

It is hard to live near people with the expectation of sanctuary. A
fter that was a heavy-footed newfie who bounded up and down the stairs (above my bed).
After that was a man who yelled at his kids all weekend and now I have an alcoholic downstairs neighbour who is shy and sweet when sober, but when drunk, she joins our backyard dinners stinky and close-talking and makes everyone feel awkward.
»pony ||  4/17/2008 ||  11:10:00 AM
No, you are not the crazy. in my experience, most of the crazy people I knew/know are usually not so aware of the other folks around them, probably because too much of their brainpower is spent on being FUCKING CRAZY. So the opera singer is much more likely to be crazy than you are.
»chris ||  4/17/2008 ||  11:23:48 AM
I lived next to a soprano who did her scales each morning, practiced arias for hours. I thought it was a nice way to wake, but she had a nice voice.
»jb ||  4/17/2008 ||  12:54:11 PM
you're not crazy. after the first day, the novelty would wear off and i'd be pulling my hair. eek. poor you.
»lisa ||  4/17/2008 ||  2:49:28 PM
As long as you can't hear her from your bedroom, it's okay. The moment that shit starts waking you up, I recommend investing in torches and pitchforks and paying a visit.
»stu ||  4/17/2008 ||  4:32:53 PM
i live next to the noisiest dorkiest swing dance enthusiasts. hits at their parties include jeremiah was a bullfrog. i fantasize about ringing their bell just to call them out on their complete and utter lameness. i vote for revenge, take up drumming!
»elananano ||  4/18/2008 ||  9:20:26 AM
I lived above a tribal drum store in the Iron John early 90s. Drum circle! Lord.
»jb ||  4/18/2008 ||  12:36:25 PM
I practice in my apartment because I can't afford to pay rent for it and then rent out another space as well. Yes, I realize how loud it is, which is why I never practice before 10am or after 7pm. I wish I could turn down the volume, but my instrument doesn't work that way, and in order to get work, I've got to practice.

»singer ||  4/26/2008 ||  1:39:15 PM
do you think that's really her?
»pony ||  4/26/2008 ||  11:44:25 PM
nope, i live on the west coast
»singer ||  4/27/2008 ||  11:06:27 PM
Singer. Thanks for the comment. I am resigned to assume that is the same situation that my "singer" is in.

»:r ||  4/27/2008 ||  11:06:33 PM
Most of us singers don't have the money to rent practice space. It's just as expensive as renting a second apartment just to spend a few hours in each day. Like the singer above said, our instruments just don't work at an absolutely quiet level. But, I think most of us are reasonable people and will make our practice coincide with a time that most people are out and about. Not to mention, we only have a finite amou
»sop ||  12/29/2009 ||  10:57:55 PM
Nope. Not remotely crazy. The teenager across the hall began singing opera and playing piano 2 years ago. It's a nightmare esp because her preferred practice time is from 8:30 to 10:15pm.

You said it all. (There is a standard clause in apartment leases, mine included, wherein the landlord must provide for ''the quiet enjoyment of the premises.'' )
»e ||  6/7/2013 ||  12:43:22 AM

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