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    Of no particular order of preference:

    La Boheme
    Tosca
    Cavelleria Rusticana
    Pagliacci
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    I Puritani
    Norma
    Do Carlos
    Macbeth
    Otello
    La Traviata
    Il Travoatore
    Don Giovanni
    Le nozze di Figaro

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    The 13 favorites by popular vote, so far:


    Norma - 7
    Don Carlos - 6
    La Traviata - 6
    Carmen - 5
    Don Giovanni - 5
    I Puritani - 5
    Le Nozze di Figaro - 5
    Lucia di Lammermoor - 5
    Rigoletto - 5
    Cosi fan tutte - 4
    Giulio Cesare - 4
    Otello - 4
    Tosca - 4

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    Alright let's see....

    1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    2. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
    2. Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
    2. Britten: Albert Herring
    2. Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    2. Puccini: La Bohème
    2. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
    2. Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
    2. Brett Dean: Bliss
    2. Mozart: Don Giovanni
    2. Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment
    2. Shostakovich: The Nose
    2. Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

    Other no. 2s that didn't make it on due to lack of room:
    2. Wagner: Tannhäuser
    2. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
    2. Adès: Powder Her Face
    2. Adès: The Tempest
    2. Alan John: How to Kill Your Husband
    2. Gordon Kerry: Midnight Son
    2. Britten: Peter Grimes
    2. Glass: Akhnaten
    2. Glass: Satyagraha
    2. Glass: Einstein on the Beach
    2. Glass: Corvo Branco
    2. Adams: Nixon in China
    2. Adams: Doctor Atomic
    2. Reich: The Cave
    2. Britten: A Mdisummer Night's Dream
    2. Britten: The Turn of the Screw
    2. Berg: Wozzeck
    2. Berg: Lulu
    2. Schoenberg: Erwartung
    2. Strauss: Salome
    2. Strauss: Capriccio

    That should be all.
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    1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    2. Wagner: Parsifal
    3. Wagner: Der Ring
    4: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
    5: Wagner: Tannhauser
    6: Wagner: Lohengrin
    7: Wagner: The Flying Dutchmann
    8: Stauss: Der Rosenkavalier
    9: Strauss: Elektra
    10. Strauss: Salome
    11: Verdi: La Traviata
    12: Verdi: Otello
    13: Puccini: Turandot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    2. Wagner: Parsifal
    3. Wagner: Der Ring
    4: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
    5: Wagner: Tannhauser
    6: Wagner: Lohengrin
    7: Wagner: The Flying Dutchmann
    8: Stauss: Der Rosenkavalier
    9: Strauss: Elektra
    10. Strauss: Salome
    11: Verdi: La Traviata
    12: Verdi: Otello
    13: Puccini: Turandot
    You should try some Wozzeck. Would be interesting to see your response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    You should try some Wozzeck. Would be interesting to see your response.
    I have the Boulez recording, but haven't listened to it yet. I currently average 2-3 non-Wagner operas per year, I hope to bring that up to 5 or so soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    I have the Boulez recording, but haven't listened to it yet. I currently average 2-3 non-Wagner operas per year, I hope to bring that up to 5 or so soon.
    5 would be brilliant! I must say Wozzeck is certainly brilliant. A very German opera (even if the composer was Austrian) but quite an atonal one. Berg has been called the "most accessible" of the Second Viennese School and I would say a gateway if you want to steer away from Wagner and into 20th century avant-garde.
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    1. Verdi: La Traviata
    2. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
    3. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    4. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
    5. Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    6. Verdi: Rigoletto
    7. Bizet: Carmen
    8. Puccini: Tosca
    9. Handel: Giulio Cesare
    10. Bellini: Norma
    11. Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore
    12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    13. Saint-Saëns: Samson et Delilah

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Alright let's see....

    1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    2. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
    2. Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
    2. Britten: Albert Herring
    2. Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    2. Puccini: La Bohème
    2. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
    2. Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
    2. Brett Dean: Bliss
    2. Mozart: Don Giovanni
    2. Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment
    2. Shostakovich: The Nose
    2. Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

    Other no. 2s that didn't make it on due to lack of room:
    2. Wagner: Tannhäuser
    2. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
    2. Adès: Powder Her Face
    2. Adès: The Tempest
    2. Alan John: How to Kill Your Husband
    2. Gordon Kerry: Midnight Son
    2. Britten: Peter Grimes
    2. Glass: Akhnaten
    2. Glass: Satyagraha
    2. Glass: Einstein on the Beach
    2. Glass: Corvo Branco
    2. Adams: Nixon in China
    2. Adams: Doctor Atomic
    2. Reich: The Cave
    2. Britten: A Mdisummer Night's Dream
    2. Britten: The Turn of the Screw
    2. Berg: Wozzeck
    2. Berg: Lulu
    2. Schoenberg: Erwartung
    2. Strauss: Salome
    2. Strauss: Capriccio

    That should be all.
    I definitely like your taste!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    My list in no particular order.

    Saint-Saens - Samson et Dalila
    Verdi - La Traviata, Nabucco, Ernani
    Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots, L'Africaine
    Berlioz - Les Troyens
    Gounod - Faust, Romeo et Juliette
    Bellini - Norma
    Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
    Mozart - Cosi fan tutte
    Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier

    Honorable Mentions:
    Handel - Serse/Guilio Cesare,
    Halevy - La Juive,
    Monteverdi - Poppea,
    Puccini - Turandot, Tosca
    Mussorgsky - Khovanschina
    Verdi - MacBeth, I Lombardi
    Mozart - Nozze di Figaro
    Donizetti - La Favorita
    Argento - The Aspern Papers
    Barber - Vanessa

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    In no particular order and influenced by current listening:

    1.Der Ring des Nibelungen
    2. Die Meistersinger
    3. Tristan und Isolde
    4. Les Troyens
    5. Falstaff
    6. Salome
    7. Elektra
    8. Lohengrin
    9. Tannhauser
    10. Parsifal
    11. Don Carlo (prefer 5 act Italian version)
    12. Der Rosenkavalier
    13. Les contes D'Hoffman

    This could all of course could change tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    This could all of course could change tomorrow
    Hopefully Parsifal will change from its absurd ranking below Lohengrin and Salome.

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    I did say in no particular order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenchi67622 View Post
    My list in no particular order.

    Saint-Saens - Samson et Dalila
    Verdi - La Traviata, Nabucco, Ernani
    Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots, L'Africaine
    Berlioz - Les Troyens
    Gounod - Faust, Romeo et Juliette
    Bellini - Norma
    Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
    Mozart - Cosi fan tutte
    Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier

    Honorable Mentions:
    Handel - Serse/Guilio Cesare,
    Halevy - La Juive,
    Monteverdi - Poppea,
    Puccini - Turandot, Tosca
    Mussorgsky - Khovanschina
    Verdi - MacBeth, I Lombardi
    Mozart - Nozze di Figaro
    Donizetti - La Favorita
    Argento - The Aspern Papers
    Barber - Vanessa
    Wow. Very interesting list.

    So interesting, in fact, that I'm willing to forgive the lack of Wagner.

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    Very interesting the mention to Argento's underrated opera The Aspern Papers. Here we can watch this opera complete in youtube:


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