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    Which Opera(s) You Have The Most Number Of Versions On Recording?

    As we are aware, many of us here are simply addicted to hoarding copies of operas whether on CD, DVD, Blu-ray or even LP. I was wondering which opera you happen to have acquired the most versions of over the years becoming the opera lover that you are. You might well be a newbie to opera, and if so, by all means please also share with us your journey so far. The criteria is that the opera recording must be a complete recording of the work, "highlights" do not count.

    I frankly do not know the correct answer in my collection but I have confidence it is Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto. I will have 9 versions in all: 7 that I currently have (picture below) plus 2 others that I know I shall buy. Surprise, surprise.















    9 = 7 + 2

    Two other versions on my radar, include a soon to release version by Handelian conductor Alan Curtis (November this year from label Naïve), and this new one with a ridiculous staging but I shall acquire for the music.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    As we are aware, many of us here are simply addicted to hoarding copies of operas whether on CD, DVD, Blu-ray or even LP. I was wondering which opera you happen to have acquired the most versions of over the years becoming the opera lover that you are. You might well be a newbie to opera, and if so, by all means please also share with us your journey so far. The criteria is that the opera recording must be a complete recording of the work, "highlights" do not count. Surprise, surprise.
    Simon Boccanegra. Surprise, surprise.

    Two CDs & five DVDs + recording off the TV which was from a different night but not sure if that counts as another one.

    Favourite CD



    Favourite DVD (of course )

    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Norma.

    I'm well ahead of one hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Norma.

    I'm well ahead of one hundred.
    Heavens! And I thought I had a Fidelio addiction! Speaking of which, I have one DVD (the Zürich version with Nylund and Kaufmann, of course!), plus 11 audio recordings, three of which are of the original 1805 version. So far, I've resisted the temptation to purchase another final version with Beňačková and Rolfe-Johnson, and another 1805 version with Martinpelto and Begley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    What do you think of this one, HC? I've long been tempted by it because I'm fond of Mijanovic.
    Natalie

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    Don Giovanni. 6 audio and 20 video. And I'm seriously considering getting the new one out with Arcangelo and co.

    I won't post them all but here are some that I like:




    and a couple that I don't like AT ALL:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Norma.

    I'm well ahead of one hundred.
    Are there that many recordings of Norma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    What do you think of this one, HC? I've long been tempted by it because I'm fond of Mijanovic.
    The overall tempi was erratic in many parts. It might take some getting use to. Mijanovic did not sound that Italian as far as the accent was concerned, and her ornamentation not that convincing (overly flowery) but a very capable voice. It still preferred Jennifer Lamore's "strong masculine" voice from a lady! As you love this opera, I can recommend it but in no hurry, say when it is on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Are there that many recordings of Norma?
    Norma has 127 recordings.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I don't tend to have multiple versions. My collection is bigger in breadth (more than 400 operas) than depth (many of the same). The winners for me are two operas that are tied for first place, La Traviata and Carmen, both with 7.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Don Giovanni. 6 audio and 20 video. And I'm seriously considering getting the new one out with Arcangelo and co.

    THIS is the perfect example of why Riccardo Muti should never under any circumstances do Don Giovanni at La Scala.

    EDIT: And I think I have about 8 or 9 Cosís.

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    I'm not as avid a collector as you guys. The most versions I have of any opera is 5, and it's a two-way tie:

    Die Walküre





    Also a DVD of the BBC Proms concert performance under Pappano with Domingo, Meier, Terfel, and Gasteen.

    Don Carlo






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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    THIS is the perfect example of why Riccardo Muti should never under any circumstances do Don Giovanni at La Scala.
    And the STAGING! How can you manage to make Don Giovanni excrutiatingly boring ?
    Natalie

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    I have quite a few Don Giovanni but probably not as many as Soave_Fanciulla. Not 20 videos of it anyway! My oh my!

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    I have 8 recordings of The Magic Flute:


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    ... and three that I am interested in getting:







    Although considering the scale of the work, it is probably my collection of Wagner's Ring that was more insane on my part:

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    And I'm still drooling over this:



    and this...

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