View Poll Results: Preferred Puccini's opera

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  • Le Villi

    0 0%
  • Edgar

    0 0%
  • Manon Lescaut

    1 3.57%
  • La Bohème

    16 57.14%
  • Tosca

    19 67.86%
  • Madama Butterfly

    7 25.00%
  • La Fanciulla del West

    5 17.86%
  • La Rondine

    1 3.57%
  • Il Tabarro

    1 3.57%
  • Suor Angelica

    2 7.14%
  • Gianni Schicchi

    2 7.14%
  • Turandot

    10 35.71%
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    Schigolch
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    Our preferred Puccini's opera

    Let's try to find which are our preferred operas from major composers.

    We can start by Giacomo Puccini, always loved by the audience, worldwide. We can select a maximum of 3 operas in the poll.

    My favorites are Bohème, Tosca and La Fanciulla del West, though I enjoy all of them, from Le Villi to Turandot.

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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Bohème for me, then my next one is Tosca, but then I take a turn and like third and fourth two operas that most people don't rank as high: Il Tabarro, a nice short Verismo piece with a dark mood and interesting orchestration (very cinematic), and Gianni Schicchi, a very entertaining comedy, Puccini's only. I don't particularly care for Madama Butterfly, I like Massenet's Manon much better than Manon Lescaut, and again I don't particularly care for Turandot in spite of its impressive orchestration. I hate Suor Angelica, and find La Fanciulla del West just OK. La Rondine is OK too, with the messy alternative third acts. Acts I and II are better. Le Villi is a plesant minor work, I like it. Edgar is a so-so minor work.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Tosca is my Puccini fav........and CD collection proves it

    Manon Lescaut very good up until that absurd contrived ending tacked on (desert outside of New Orleans!)

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    La bohème, but it took a modern staging & a non-mawkish production before I really 'got it' and I was able to understand just how perfectly the music tells the story.

    I really like Edgar as well.
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    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Bohème , Tosca, Butterfly. All good.

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    Tosca, Bohème, and--just to throw a monkey wrench into the works--Suor Angelica. Say what you will, but that poor little nun gets to me every time.

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    That "shabby little shocker" Tosca is at the top of my list, followed by Madama Butterfly. Number 3 would probably be La Fanciulla del West. I love the music in Turandot, but the two protagonists are pretty repellant. I'm not sure why, but I've never been able to warm up very much to La Boheme (though I certainly don't dislike it).

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    Hurray for shabby little shockers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Say what you will, but that poor little nun gets to me every time.
    Same with me, but what Comte Ory has to do with Puccini?

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    Turandot, Tosca, Butterfly, in this order.

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    I just saw live such a beautiful production of Butterfly that I kind of changed my mind, I won't say that I don't care much for Madama Butterfly any longer.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Those are the ten most performed Puccini's operas in the 21st century, by number of performances:

    1.- La Bohème
    2.- Tosca
    3.- Madama Butterfly
    4.- Turandot
    5.- Manon Lescaut
    6.- Gianni Schicchi
    7.- Suor Angelica
    8.- Il Tabarro
    9.- La Fanciulla del West
    10.- La Rondine

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    I love la Fanciulla del West for its endearing heroine and Tosca just because it's a shocker with utterly compelling music and a sexy villain (I LOVE Scarpia). Then Madama Butterfly and La Boheme. The music is wonderful in Turandot but I reckon the horrible Calaf and Turandot deserve each other. Then Manon Lescaut and La Rondine. I haven't managed to get into any of Il Trittico, and Edgar is a bit silly. Never heard Le Villi.
    Natalie

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    I have a serious crush on La rondine (the first two acts, at least), but I also really enjoy Fanciulla, Bohéme, Tosca and Turandot.

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    Turandot is probably my favorite Opera, the rest of the spots are filled by Gianni Schicchi, La Boheme and Madama Butterfly depending on the mood.

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