What is your favorite Opera?

  • jhill2456

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    Dec 25, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    I guess mine would be Mozart's "Die Zaborflote" or "The Magic Flute" fot the 2 Queen of the Night arias.





  • DesireIron

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    Dec 25, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    Turandot






    But one of my favorite aria is from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas ... and it's in English! ... Who knew? ... icon_eek.gif

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    Dec 25, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    I once saw Don Giovanni in person with my (snicker) now-ex-girlfriend. I really enjoyed it! I don't have much experience with other operas, but I guess you can't go wrong with your only opera being a Mozart masterpiece.
  • DesireIron

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    Dec 25, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    Larkin saidI once saw Don Giovanni in person with my (snicker) now-ex-girlfriend. I really enjoyed it! I don't have much experience with other operas, but I guess you can't go wrong with your only opera being a Mozart masterpiece.


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    Dec 25, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    Ironically not Ariodante (though I do love Giulio Cesare in Egitto as far as Haendel goes). Not sure what my favorite would be, I'll notably mention Rameau's Castor et Pollux and Les Indes Galantes. Only Baroque for me, no trite overdone Italian Romanticism.
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    Dec 25, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    Die Meistersinger...well, not all of it, but this damned ditty "stays in my head," as some character in the opera would say. The fun part starts around 3:40.

  • GQjock

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    Dec 25, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    Lakme by Delibes where we get the unforgettable Flower Duet



    and Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot


    also The Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute

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    Dec 25, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    i only like parts of operas... and usually can do without the 1st acts.
    love Massenet's Werther 2nd and 3rd act .
    Wagner's Tristan und Isolde , again skipping the 1st act.
    Handel's Semele ,
    Monteverdi's Orpheus .. here the 1st part is actually nice . ;p

    bah, anyway, there's a whole bunch of arias i love.

    (more of a lieder fan .)
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    Dec 25, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
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    Dec 25, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Puccini's Tosca
  • aznmtl

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    Dec 25, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    The Ring-all 20000 hours of it!

  • Dec 25, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    That's a tough question, I like many operas dearly, and my favorites list reshuffles constantly. But right now I'd say "The Queen of Spades" by Tchaikovsky is my favorite.







    I love Verdi and Wagner, too, and many others.
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    Dec 25, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    Unless there are car chases and nude scenes.... not my thing
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    Dec 25, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Italian Operas:
    Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
    Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
    Gianni Schicci by Giacomo Puccinni

    German Operas:
    Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber
    Faust by Louis Spohr

    French Opera:
    Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    American Opera:
    Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Dec 25, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Don Giovanni by Mozart

    Aida by Verdi

    Tosca by Puccini
  • Pr0digy

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    Dec 25, 2011 11:18 PM GMT



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    Dec 26, 2011 9:48 AM GMT
    I've only seen a handful of operas and don't think I can call any of them favorites. My favorite aria though has got to be Les oiseaux dans la charmille, Olympia's song from Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach.


    Aria around 5:00.
  • Jerbeasley

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    Dec 26, 2011 9:51 AM GMT
    The Barber of Seville, starring the one and only Beverly Sills.
    However, I do love me some Leotin Price!
  • BoyChris333

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    Dec 26, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    I'm really surprised that one of my favourites, Turandot is so popular! I realy love this one. Carmen is great too. I also love earlier operas like Dido and Aeneas or even earlier short baroque operas. Also a very powerful piece is Wozzeck by A. Berg. From even more contemporary stuff - definitely Einstein on the Beach.
  • Naranjalima

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    Dec 26, 2011 11:23 AM GMT
    L'elisir d'amore and anything else by Gaetano Donizetti, sooo much energy, so much emotion <3 In love with a dead guy.
  • Naranjalima

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    Dec 26, 2011 11:25 AM GMT
    gah

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  • jhill2456

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    Dec 26, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    I also have an affinity for Bizet's Carmen

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    Dec 26, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. I love all things Mozart, and while I also adore Don Giovanni, my personality supersedes the music. Darkness & damnation depress me, while I find a bit of nonsense more uplifting, while the moral in Figaro is nearly as strong.
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    Dec 26, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    From 2:35 -- so simple, so sublime, so Mozart:

  • rnch

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    Dec 26, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    the marx brothers: "a night at the opera"







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