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Citizen complaint of the day: North End opera singer's tenor leaves a sour note

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint tonight about an opera singer in the Prado who just doesn't know when to take a curtain call:

This fellow is singing opera in the Prado and it is past 9 pm. Plus he uses an amplifier. It is fine earlier in the day but this is a residential neighborhood and he is singing right outside of our windows. It is time for him to go home.

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Please, have you no respect for amore? He might be serenading his true love!

https://youtu.be/QYkJ0M1bUIU

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kills what's left of the ambiance in the neighborhood. Would ya settle for sotto voce after 9, and in casa after 10?

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If you have had to endure his 'set', you'd know that his high notes are flat and strained. He sounds gaspy. I think he'd be the product of a Dunning Kruger effect parent set if they were opera posers and he was trying to impress them. Work through your problems in therapy, Opera Guy.

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9pm?

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More evidence we are truly the city that always sleeps

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I can understand the hours between 12 a. m. and 4 a.m, but nine o'clock on a Saturday night for a curfew is going too far.

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So an opera singer would be OK in your neighborhood at 4:01 AM?

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I don't know what specific restrictions your curfew refers to. I generally prefer fewer rules when it comes to this stuff, but amplified music in a park right next to residential buildings should have an earlier limit than other activities.

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I can understand the hours between 12 a. m. and 4 a.m, but nine o'clock on a Saturday night for a curfew is going too far.

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Now we know why Baker called out he National Guard.

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has to quarantine somewhere..

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To paraphrase Foghorn Leghorn, there's something 'eech' about an opera signer who uses an amplifier.

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Dont have a problem with singing but the amp just makes it worse.

and you're right. Opera singers usually don't need an amp.

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Opera singers usually don't need an amp.

That depends on the acoustics of the venue in which the opera singer is performing at a given time.

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But I think Epcot stayed open later.

The entire neighborhood is such a silly caricature of itself.

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Do any of you seriously think it's fine for anyone to sing opera (or anything else) under anyone's window for any length of time? Would you like to give me your address so I can attempt "O Mio Babbino Caro" under YOUR window? I warn you that it's been years since I've hit that high "A" but I won't let it stop me from trying, again and again. I refrain from singing arias in my house out of compassion for my neighbors.

It's true that living near the Prado is a mistake if one is bothered by live performances, but there are opera singers and there are people who sing opera, and they are different. Bad opera singing is a form of torture, and even good singing is wearing if one isn't in the mood to pretend to be in a Merchant-Ivory film. No good opera singer uses an amp.

I can sympathize: the guy across the street plays the guitar on his front steps and soulfully howls Beatles' tunes for what seems like hours on beautiful days. We shut our windows and sometimes still have to retreat to the other end of the apartment. He is not only a lousy singer; he never (ever) wears a mask, so passersby get hit with his powerfully exhaled aerosol cloud along with his flat notes.

It's bad manners to subject others to unnecessary noise. We live in very close quarters these days, and we all need to be considerate.

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I would love it! Sincerely, a Boston resident

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...provide your address.

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I would were it any of your business...

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And yet, the North End has all of these festivals that go well into the night hours with crowds that can rival the foot traffic of downtown crossing. Not all streets in the North End are quiet, and none are that far from city trappings.

This is a fine example of the gentrification of Boston.

I am sometimes taken back by the newbies to this city that were sold a bill of goods that made them think that Boston was some kind of sleepy hollow with all of the conveniences of a major city but with none of its trappings. Then once they buy in there is a lot of pearl clutching and horror.

These are the same people that would complain about that Italian woman screaming for her kid to come home for dinner, yet Anthony Martignetti was a beloved local figure here for many years (R.I.P.)

It's a city. You don't like the noise move to Grafton, Pepperell, or similar.

Do your homework, learn the neighborhood, find common ground.

The city regulation says 11 pm.

Alternately, get yourself a PA system and start signing a Wagner Opera.

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Those were all cancelled, just like every other large-attendance outdoor event.

However, NEMPAC has had opera singers from the second-floor balcony of Tresca, 233 Hanover Street, each Saturday afternoon all summer long.

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