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    Your ideal opera season

    (idea stolen from Barihunks)


    Create your ideal opera season using the following criteria:

    1. One Baroque opera
    2. One Mozart opera
    3. Two Italian operas
    4. Two Slavic operas
    5. Two German operas
    6. Two English language operas
    7. One piece by a living composer
    8. One French opera

    Mine is:

    1. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    2. Don Giovanni
    3. Simon Boccanegra; Mefistofele
    4. Boris Godunov; Rusalka
    5. Fidelio; Ariadne auf Naxos
    6. Peter Grimes; The Lighthouse
    7. Written on Skin
    8. Les Troyens

    Over to you.
    "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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    Oh I like these posts...

    1. Alcina
    2. Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    3. L'incoronazione di Poppea, Artemisia
    4. The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh and the maiden Fevroniya, Boris Godunov
    5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tristan und Isolde
    6. Jephtha, Theodora
    7. L'amour de loin
    8. Dardanus


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    Criteria:
    1. One Baroque opera
    2. One Mozart opera
    3. Two Italian operas
    4. Two Slavic operas
    5. Two German operas
    6. Two English language operas
    7. One piece by a living composer
    8. One French opera

    My Selections:
    1. Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    2. Mitridate, re di Ponto
    3. La Sonnambula; La Traviata
    4. Eugene Onegin; Straszny Dwor Le manoir hanté
    5. Der Fliegende Hollander; Fidelio
    6. The Bohemian Girl; Gloriana
    7. The Tempest
    8. Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII (revised to this after seeing MAuer's selections).
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    1. One Baroque opera
    2. One Mozart opera
    3. Two Italian operas
    4. Two Slavic operas
    5. Two German operas
    6. Two English language operas
    7. One piece by a living composer
    8. One French opera

    My season:

    1. Serse (Handel), with a tenor in the title role. (Apologies to the HIP folks!)
    2. Die Zauberflöte
    3. Rigoletto, Tosca
    4. Rusalka, The Bartered Bride
    5. Fidelio (gotta have Nylund, JK, and Dietrich Henschel); Lohengrin
    6. Oberon (the original is in English); Susannah
    7. Silent Night
    8. Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII (a wonderful opera which I'm surprised isn't more popular)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    8. Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII (a wonderful opera which I'm surprised isn't more popular)
    Now that you mention it, I changed my #8 as Henry VIII is AWESOME!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Okay, so trying very hard not to put together just my favorite operas - cause I've seen some of them so many times that I actually probably would not be interested in going to see just any production. These are favorites that regardless of production-value, I would most willingly go see:

    1. Alcina
    2. Die Zauberflote
    3. Don Carlo, Turandot without the Alfano ending
    4. Boris Godunov, From the House of the Dead
    5. Gotterdammerung, Fidelio
    6. Peter Grimes
    7. The Revolution of Steve Jobs
    8. Les Troyens, Pelleas et Melisande

    I swapped an English for French since my contemporary is English. Sorry not sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    Okay, so trying very hard not to put together just my favorite operas - cause I've seen some of them so many times that I actually probably would not be interested in going to see just any production. These are favorites that regardless of production-value, I would most willingly go see:

    1. Alcina
    2. Die Zauberflote
    3. Don Carlo, Turandot without the Alfano ending
    4. Boris Godunov, From the House of the Dead
    5. Gotterdammerung, Fidelio
    6. Peter Grimes
    7. The Revolution of Steve Jobs
    8. Les Troyens, Pelleas et Melisande

    I swapped an English for French since my contemporary is English. Sorry not sorry.
    I think we can forgive the rules being broken this time!
    "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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    I haven't seen that many operas (in the theatre). The ROH has posters of past performances going back about fifty years I think, decorating the walls of the corridors of the amphitheatre level. When I was there earlier in the week, I was trying to pick out which performances I would have liked to have seen and I think I just ended up picking about ninety percent of them.
    I could buy season tickets for any of these selections so far.

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