Favorite Musical or Opera by a particular composer

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    Dec 24, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    OK I just wanted to start this as I am geeking out and wanted to say that I can´t decide if Don Carlos or Otello is my favourite Verdi opera. It might just be Don Carlos. But in order to do this I should ask people what their favourite musicals/operas are.

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  • MusicMan87

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    Dec 24, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Well from what I've played in or seen, for Musicals, I like the Phantom of the Opera, can't go wrong with those gorgeous melodies. It's fine, judge me. icon_smile.gif

    for Opera, I really liked this one we did this past semester, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, here's one of the main arias from it. GORGEOUS.

    I couldn't find a good video of "the Trees on the Mountain" but this one is great too



    Though it is hard to go wrong with Verdi or Puccini too... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 24, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    WICKED

    rent

    phantom of the opera

    into the woods

    avenue q

    ragtime
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    Dec 24, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    My favorite opera is Bizet's "Carmen", Musical "Westside Story"
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    OK the idea is that you put your favorite show from a particular composer. Eg. favorite verdi opera is Don Carlos, favorite G and S is X, favorite Lloyd Webber is Y..

    So you can have several goes with different composers.

    My favourite Bellini opera is Norma, but I Puritani comes a very very close second.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 24, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    Ah my favorite Opera as a whole is La Traviata icon_cool.gif

    But there is nothing more beautiful than the Flowers Aria in Lakme icon_cool.gif
  • HotCoach

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    Dec 24, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    South Pacific
    Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
    Not a bad song in it.
    Some Enchanted Evening brings on eto tears
    You've Got to be Taught, a vocal step against racial prejudice back in the 40s!
    Funny. Sad. Great dancing.
    Their other shows along with those by Rogers and Hart are terrific but
    South Pacific is The Best
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    I love all the Puccini operas.

    I guess my favorite musical would have to be Grey Gardens.
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    MusicMan87 saidWell from what I've played in or seen, for Musicals, I like the Phantom of the Opera, can't go wrong with those gorgeous melodies.


    You know that Lloyd Webber stole from Puccini´s Girl of the Golden West. Listen from about 6.30 onwards... 6.58 onwards is the direct quote.

    Listen



    I´m still kinda surprised that many aren´t getting the particular twist on the theme, though it´s fun hearing your likes...

    The idea is to say which of all a single composer´s shows you like most.. It´s for real nerds

    My favuorite Puccini opera, for example, is either La Boheme (I performed in it) or Tosca (it´s one of THE operas of my teenage years and Callas is amazing in it). i find it pretty much impossible to chose which.
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    i guess my favorite operas are monteverdi's l'orfeo, handel's alcina, and mozarts don giovanni

    i could listen to the overture to parsifal on repeat, but i don't really have the stamina to sit through a whole wagner opera icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    HotCoach saidSouth Pacific
    Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
    Not a bad song in it.
    Some Enchanted Evening brings on eto tears
    You've Got to be Taught, a vocal step against racial prejudice back in the 40s!
    Funny. Sad. Great dancing.
    Their other shows along with those by Rogers and Hart are terrific but
    South Pacific is The Best


    Yes, "Some Enchanted Evening" does bring on tears. But, that's because I was in the show for 5 months, and if I don't ever hear that God-damned song again, it'll be too soon. (Sorry, HotCoach icon_rolleyes.gif )

    Best musical: Les Mis

    Favorite musical I was in: West Side

    Best Opera: La Boheme

    Favorite Opera I was in: Tosca

    What can I say? I'm a Puccini whore. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 24, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    Saucy...to say the least.....


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    Dec 24, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Right now.... Company by Sondheim... He can do no wrong in my eyes.

    Also love "fluff" like 42nd Street. many great memories surrounding this one.

    Love Turandot
  • Akula

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    Dec 24, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    Wagners Ring Cycle especially "Gotterdammerung" The funeral march of Seigried always brings tears to my eyes
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    Dec 24, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    the first professional production i played in was "Billy Bud" by Britten.
    it will always hold a special place in my heart.
    and it didn't hurt that Rodney Gilfry was the lead.... hubba hubba.
    here's a beautiful aria... poor billy.....

  • philomath

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    Dec 24, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    Does anyone remember Luciano Pavarotti? I enjoy any opera starring Pavarotti. La Fille du regiment, Turnadot, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute to name a few. Any other men sing to opera or any other music? Any guys know Bach's Kaffee Kantata? Want to do a trio... just need a Soprano. I can sing both Tenor and Bass.
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    Dec 24, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    To me, Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE has the most sublime music ever written for an opera. Handel's ALCINA is another opera whose music is out of this world--what a lovely score it is!

    In the opera house, I've enjoyed Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA--this is perfect Rossini, if you ask me!--and R. Strauss's ARABELLA. If you're a R. Strauss, please don't sleep on this opera--the music more than makes up for any weaknesses in the plot.

    Verdi is another composer I love. However, I have problems with most Verdi opera productions, as I find that most Verdi performers forget about bel canto, striving instead for can belto. AIDA and IL TROVATORE are 2 of my favorites.
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    Dec 24, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidOK the idea is that you put your favorite show from a particular composer. Eg. favorite verdi opera is Don Carlo, favorite G and S is X, favorite Lloyd Webber is Y..

    So you can have several goes with different composers.

    My favourite Bellini opera is Norma, but I Puritani comes a very very close second.


    My favorite Bellini opera is I PURITANI. I have a fondness for the Sills/Gedda/Plishka recording, though I'm still searching for the perfect I PURITANI recording. Any recommendations?
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    GreenEyedGuy79 saidi guess my favorite operas are monteverdi's l'orfeo, handel's alcina, and mozarts don giovanni

    i could listen to the overture to parsifal on repeat, but i don't really have the stamina to sit through a whole wagner opera icon_eek.gif


    Glad to see another ALCINA lover. The first time I listened to ALCINA completely, with score in hand, I called my favorite music professor to rave about it. We agreed that it is one of Handel's most sensual scores.

    Oh, and I, too, don't have stamina to sit through a whole Wagner opera.
  • aidikay

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    Dec 24, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    Not much exposed to Operas, here. icon_smile.gif But for musicals,

    Favorite: a toss up between Avenue Q and Falsettoland. Deep, relevant, funny.
    Favorite Sondheim: Into the Woods
    Favorite ALW: Sunset Boulevard
  • jhill2456

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    Dec 24, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    Bizet's Carmen....mostly cause once I hear "Habenera" I can't get it out of my head...
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    Best work of either that I've ever seen.

    Marie Christine by Lachuisa

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    Dec 24, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle is AMAZING.

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    Dec 24, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    Also.. The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)