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Tardis
May 20th, 2013, 09:07 PM
What are 10 recordings that every opera newbie should have?

Schigolch
May 21st, 2013, 06:27 PM
What are 10 recordings that every opera newbie should have?

This is a very tough question to answer.

Because each newbie is a person with different tastes, different backgrounds, and there is no way one size will fit them all.

Also, should we recommend DVDs?. While chances are we will have a more accomplished version on CD for most of the works in any list, I think that it makes more sense for most people new to opera in the 21st century, to get their first impressions on DVD.

So, given the choice I would select 10 operas that can give an (admittedly very incomplete, with only 10 titles) vision of the genre through the more than 400 years since its conception, and pick up a DVD version for each.

1.- L'Incoronazione di Poppea:

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2.- Giulio Cesare in Egitto:

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3.- Don Giovanni:

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4.- Il Barbiere di Siviglia:

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5.- La Traviata:

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6.- Tristan und Isolde:

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7.- Carmen:

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8.- La Bohème:

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9.- Wozzeck:

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10.- Dialogues des Carmélites:

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Dark_Angel
May 21st, 2013, 08:26 PM
This is a very tough question to answer.

Because each newbie is a person with different tastes, different backgrounds, and there is no way one size will fit them all.

Also, should we recommend DVDs?. While chances are we will have a more accomplished version on CD for most of the works in any list, I think that it makes more sense for most people new to opera in the 21st century, to get their first impressions on DVD.

So, given the choice I would select 10 operas that can give an (admittedly very incomplete, with only 10 titles) vision of the genre through the more than 400 years since its conception, and pick up a DVD version for each.

Best beginer DVDs, fun easy to watch, newer high quality picture
(I also think DVD with subtitles is best format for beginers)

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HUhDNNaNL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Donizetti-LElisir-Netrebko-Villazon-Staatsoper/dp/B000F3T3CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1369168260&sr=1-1&keywords=donizetti) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DH0KT1XnL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Gaetano-Donizetti-regiment-Corbelli-Campanella/dp/B0013V33DG/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1369168324&sr=1-2&keywords=donizetti) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lOIzX8QtL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Donizetti-Pasquale-Juan-Diego-Florez/dp/B000PC1N4U/ref=sr_1_4?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1369168343&sr=1-4&keywords=donizetti+don)http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EIoYdFaJL._AA160_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Johann-Strauss-Fledermaus-Domingo-Kanawa/dp/B00008DDRJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1369168534&sr=1-1&keywords=strauss+fledermaus)

MAuer
May 26th, 2013, 06:01 PM
What are 10 recordings that every opera newbie should have?

I agree with Schigolch that this is really dependent upon individual tastes. I've come up with a list that includes what I think are generally the most accessible/popular operas that would give a newbie a general sense of the repertoire (Italian, French, German, Slavic). I haven't included any of Wagner's operas because, aside from Das Rheingold, they're all quite long and could be tough for a new listener. I'm fully aware, though, that some newbies' first exposure to opera was through one of Wagner's works, and these folks were totally bowled over by it. I've also listed audio recordings rather than DVDs. Videos can be wonderful, but some of those with the best singers also come with non-traditional stagings that could puzzle a newcomer.

- Verdi: La Traviata
(Carlos Kleiber; Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes, et. al.)

- Verdi: Aida
(Von Karajan; Freni, Carreras, Baltsa, Cappuccilli, Van Dam, et. al.)

- Puccini: La Boheme
(Colin Davis; Ricciarelli, Carreras, Wixell, Putnam, et. al.)

- Bizet: Carmen
(Abbado; Berganza, Domingo, Cotrubas, Milnes, et, al.)

- Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
(Mehta; Bruscantini, Stratas, Jurinac, Petri, Berganza, Tadeo, et. al.)

- Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
(Böhm; Wunderlich, Lear, Fischer-Dieskau, Crass, Peters, et. al.)

- Gounod: Faust
(Lombard; Caballé, Aragall, Plishka, et. al.)

- Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
(Marriner; Thomas Allen, Baltsa, Araiza, Trimarchi, Lloyd, et. al.)

- Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
(Solti; Weikl, Kubiak, Burrows, et. al.)

- Smetana: The Bartered Bride
(Kosler; Benackova, Dvorsky, Novak, Horacek, et. al.)

Schigolch
May 27th, 2013, 11:47 AM
I've had a personal experience this last weekend with my own goddaughter. Knowing her (she is learning now Cinematography in college), I selected this DVD:

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and it was a great success, even if the performance itself was not one of the greatest. She already knew of course Korngold as a soundtrack composer, and very quickly she also realized the many point of contacts of the opera with cinema.

So, when you know the person, it makes all the difference in the world, as opposed to a generic approach, that of course it's the only possible one when you need to prepare a class, or a collection for the market.