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    Contest - Most melodious moment in all of opera

    Hey, friends, it's been a while since we last did this kind of contest. So, what's the most melodious moment in all of opera, instrumental or vocal? I propose that we first nominate. We post YouTube clips of our favorites, and then after a few days we consider the nomination process over, and we vote for the top ten. Then we do a second vote just between those ten, to pick the winner.

    Let's nominate as many as we want, in this first phase.

    These would not be out of place as my top ten (but feel free to nominate one or two or more if you want):

    I nominate the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, here with Riccardo Muti:



    Next I nominate the Song to the Moon from Rusalka, here with Frederica von Stade:



    And then, Méditation from Thaïs, here in cello version with Yo-yo Ma:



    Next, Soave sia il vento from Così fan tutte, here with Nicolas Rivenq, Miah Persson and Anke Vondung:



    Here, I nominate Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo, with Sonya Yoncheva:



    Handel by himself could fill a top ten so I nominate another one from him (Serse), Ombra mai fu, with Philippe Jaroussky:



    We couldn't miss Casta diva from Norma, in this iconic rendition with Montserrat Caballé:



    Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann, in its best version with Netrebko and Garanca:



    And talking about Elina Garanca, here she is in Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Sanson et Dalila:



    And finally I nominate O du mein holder Abendstern in Tannhäuser, here with Bryn Terfel:

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 22nd, 2017 at 10:33 AM.
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    For the beginning I also nominate an intermezzo, this time from Pagliacci:


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    I love creating these top lists! It's a really good way to revisit operas that have been gathering dust (figurative) in the tea cabinet, for the only reason of having forgotten about them while stuck in my usual listening pile.

    I have serious video issues though due to highly unstable interweb as I live in the middle ages where information communication is normally by a runner in leather sandals (first class) or cloth bound feet (second class) or via cattle drovers (normal service). For this reason, I can't pick out the videos as they are all the same circles on the screen for me, so I'll maybe just have to pick moments and list CD tracks.

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    I can't stop with ten... I forgot this one: Nuit d'ivresse from Les Troyens, here with Susan Graham and Gregory Kunde:



    And the Flower Duet from Lakmé, here with Sabine Devieilhe and Marianne Crebassa:



    Je croix entendre encore from Les Pêcheurs de Perles, here with Léopold Simoneau:

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 25th, 2017 at 10:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I love creating these top lists! It's a really good way to revisit operas that have been gathering dust (figurative) in the tea cabinet, for the only reason of having forgotten about them while stuck in my usual listening pile.

    I have serious video issues though due to highly unstable interweb as I live in the middle ages where information communication is normally by a runner in leather sandals (first class) or cloth bound feet (second class) or via cattle drovers (normal service). For this reason, I can't pick out the videos as they are all the same circles on the screen for me, so I'll maybe just have to pick moments and list CD tracks.
    You can nominate your favorites without posting a video clip. Then someone can come and post a clip on your behalf, or even without it, your nominations stand.

    By the way, if people's favorites have been mentioned already, feel free to just endorse.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    No overtures made it yet, so let me post this one that is so melodious, La Traviata. Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra (conductor not mentioned):



    And of course one of the most gorgeous of them all, Tannhäuser, here with Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker:

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 25th, 2017 at 10:25 PM.
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    I think I'll be done nominating for now, with this last one: The presentation of the rose from Der Rosenkavalier, here with Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau:

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Some great choices, Alma. I'll add a couple more--and who's more melodious than Renée?




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    Toward the end of La Fille du Regiment, Tonio sings the melodic and emotionally charged "Pour me rapprocher de Marie".

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 22nd, 2017 at 05:38 PM. Reason: just added the clip

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    Nominated so far (from my computer at work, which is not set for international characters, so, no diacritical marks):

    -Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana
    -The Moon Song, Rusalka
    -Meditation, Thais
    -Soave sia il vento, Cosi fan tutte
    -Laschia chi'io pianga, Rinaldo
    -Ombra mai fu, Serse
    -Casta Diva, Norma
    -Barcarolle, Les contes d'Hoffmann
    -Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, Samson et Dalila
    -O du mein holder Abendstern, Tannhauser
    -Intermezzo, Pagliacci
    -Nuit d'ivresse, Les Troyens
    -Flower Duet, Lakme
    -Je crois entendre encore, Les Pecheurs de perles
    -Overture, La Traviata
    -Overture, Tannhauser
    -The presentation of the rose, Der Rosenkavalier
    -O mio babbino caro, Gianni Schicchi
    -Gluck, das mir verblieb, Die tote Stadt
    -Pour me raprocher de Marie, La Fille du Regiment
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    My nominations (for now):

    - Bizet: “Au fond du temple saint” from The Pearl Fishers



    - Mozart: “S’altro che lagrime” from La Clemenza di Tito



    - Mozart: Canzonetta sull’ aria from Le Nozze di Figaro



    I also endorse "Ombra mai fu" from Serse and “Glück, das mir verblieb” from Die tote Stadt.

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    Nominated so far (from my computer at work, which is not set for international characters, so, no diacritical marks):

    -Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana
    -The Moon Song, Rusalka
    -Meditation, Thais
    -Soave sia il vento, Cosi fan tutte
    -Laschia chi'io pianga, Rinaldo
    -Ombra mai fu, Serse (2x)
    -Casta Diva, Norma
    -Barcarolle, Les contes d'Hoffmann
    -Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, Samson et Dalila
    -O du mein holder Abendstern, Tannhauser
    -Intermezzo, Pagliacci
    -Nuit d'ivresse, Les Troyens
    -Flower Duet, Lakme
    -Je crois entendre encore, Les Pecheurs de perles
    -Overture, La Traviata
    -Overture, Tannhauser
    -The presentation of the rose, Der Rosenkavalier
    -O mio babbino caro, Gianni Schicchi
    -Gluck, das mir verblieb, Die tote Stadt (2x)
    -Pour me raprocher de Marie, La Fille du Regiment
    -Au fond du temple saint, Les Pecheurs de Perles
    -S'altro che lagrima, La Clemenza di Tito
    -Canzonetta sull'aria, Le Nozze di Figaro
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    I can't let this contest proceed without adding this gem:


    And this,
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 25th, 2017 at 10:26 PM.
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    Couple of additions from me - we must not forget Russian opera!





    Natalie

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    And some more Italian



    and earliest Baroque

    Natalie

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