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Your favorite Opera?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok, so which is your favorite opera?

EDIT: One oversight I see is that I put no Britten on this list, I apologize especially to you Britten fans. But imagine as if Peter Grimes and Turn of the Screw were there
post #2 of 13
I am not a huge fan of opera. The singing technique of opera singers never captivates me. They may be technically perfect but I do not find emotion in their sound.

Yet I will go with Turandot for this vote (Silly me, voted for Tosca instead so remove one Tosca from the list).

By the way, there are two Marriage of Figaro's in the list
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by oulker View Post
By the way, there are two Marriage of Figaro's in the list
Wow I see that, and I also see two Boris Godunovs.....oh well......If I could switch those with the two Britten operas I would but I can't now
post #4 of 13
I had not experienced too many opears, only few.
Out of all of them I like Bizet's Carmen alot.
So since I am unfamiliar with many of the pieces you have listed I shall abstain from the vote.
post #5 of 13
Tough question. In the end I narrowed it down to two. La Traviata/Il Travatore(as a set) and La Boheme. La Boheme won out for the cold little hand and Musettas' dirty little ditty.

Plus for some reason I can really relate to the characters.

Strausses' Die Fledermaus could be another one for honorary mention. Truly funny stuff.
post #6 of 13
Let's say the first Boris is the 1869 version, and the second is the 1872. They are substantially different operas anyway.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Henry Flower View Post
Let's say the first Boris is the 1869 version, and the second is the 1872. They are substantially different operas anyway.
That is very true!
post #8 of 13
Well I voted for 'Bluebeard's Castle' because that and 'The Gambler' are the only ones I know. But even though I love it, it's still a little inconsistent. Does anyone know of something in that rich, atmospheric style I might like better?
post #9 of 13
I voted for Other, simply because on a list like this, you've left out too many other choices. Some I would have included are Don Carlo, Mefistofele, Medea, and The Flying Dutchman. Some of your inclusions are a bit odd too. Is La Favola d'Orfeo or The Love For Three Oranges really anyone's favorite opera?
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
In some ways La Favola d'Orfeo is the most important opera ever written so I had to include it. And I included The Love for 3 Oranges for the devoted Prokofiev fan.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by skellington View Post
Well I voted for 'Bluebeard's Castle' because that and 'The Gambler' are the only ones I know. But even though I love it, it's still a little inconsistent. Does anyone know of something in that rich, atmospheric style I might like better?
Operas don't get much more rich and atmospheric than Strauss's Salome and Elektra, though I still much prefer Bluebeard myself - it's much tighter.
post #12 of 13
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten
Lulu by Alban Berg
Within your list, Elektra by R. Strauss
post #13 of 13
Parsifal is my favorite. Lakme is the opera that first got me hooked.
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