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    i still prefer Faust and Mefistofeles.
    i do think the drama is there
    and the music is beautiful.

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    This thread pre-dated my presence here, but thought I would offer my list:

    (The order shifts from day-to-day)

    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Wagner: Tannhäuser
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
    Bellini: I Puritani/Norma/I Capuleti e I Montecchi/Beatrice di Tenda (yeah, I know..)
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
    Verdi: Don Carlos (5 Act version, of course)
    Verdi: Nabucco
    Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
    Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
    Delibes: Lakme

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    Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro
    Mozart - Don Giovanni
    Mozart - Cosi fan Tutte
    Mozart - Die Zauberflote
    Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier
    Puccini - La Boheme
    Handel - Giulio Cesare
    Verdi - La Traviata
    Wagner - Das Rheingold
    Bizet - Carmen
    Bellini - Norma
    Tchaikovsky - Eugen Onegin
    Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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    As they say just a casual list:

    Pelleas et Melisande

    Falstaff

    Das Rheingold

    Moses and Aron

    Palestrina

    Die Frau ohne Schatten

    The Trojans

    Oedipus der Tyrann

    The Rake's Progress

    Gotterdammerung

    Doktor Faust

    The Love for Three Oranges

    Simon Boccanegra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavier35 View Post
    As they say just a casual list:

    Pelleas et Melisande

    Falstaff

    Das Rheingold

    Moses and Aron

    Palestrina

    Die Frau ohne Schatten

    The Trojans

    Oedipus der Tyrann

    The Rake's Progress

    Gotterdammerung

    Doktor Faust

    The Love for Three Oranges

    Simon Boccanegra
    Nice list. I very much like 12 among the 13 you've quoted, and if we have such overlapping tastes, I probably should get to know the one that I'm not familiar with (I haven't seen Orff's Oedipus), and you included two of my very top favorites of all time, Les Troyens and Die Frau Ohne Schatten.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Almaviva,

    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Nice list. I very much like 12 among the 13 you've quoted, and if we have such overlapping tastes, I probably should get to know the one that I'm not familiar with (I haven't seen Orff's Oedipus)
    I think Oedipus der Tyrann will remain for serious connoisseurs only. I've never come across an enthusiast of this work. Not even the 'The Opera Critic' website contains a single entry:

    http://www.theoperacritic.com/review...=daroedtyr1206

    Here is a line from a 2010 Opera magazine review of the DVD:

    Oedipus der Tyrann is like retsina after sweet spatlese [.....] I suppose in the end it is for committed Orffians only

    http://www.wergo.de/shop/en_UK/Audio...ow,266953.html

    And this:

    When it appeared on the scene back in 1960 it suffered a round of performances and quickly disappeared from view. At its premiere it was roundly trashed by opera critics. Even the famous Vienna opera critic Joseph Wechsberg deemed it.... "rhythmic themes repeated ad nauseam"

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    I only heard Oedipus der Tyrann once, and as I recall there was precious little singing in it. I could be wrong. Seemed like it was mostly recitation and spoken dialogue, but I could be thinking of something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    They don't need to be the best ones. This is a quite elusive concept.

    Just the ones we love the most, as of January, 2012. Of course, each personal list will likely evolve (or not) with the passing of time.

    Why 13?... Well, why not?. It's a nice number, just above a dozen and below fourteen...

    The Ring counts as a single opera.
    Mine as of 2018:

    La Sonnambula
    Martha (Flotow)
    L'Amico Fritz
    Fidelio
    Der fliegende Hollander
    Maria Stuarda
    Capuleti e i Montecchi
    La Fanciulla del West
    Il Trovatore
    Giulio Cesare
    Boris Godunov
    Eugene Onegin
    Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Well that is 13 but I ought to also have a Monteverdi opera in there.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Mine as at one minute before midday on Monday the eighteenth of June of the year two thousand and eighteen

    Jephtha
    Theodora
    Alcina
    Saul
    Les fêtes d'Hébé
    Dardanus
    Phaëton
    Psyché
    Thésée
    L'incoronazione di Dario
    Griselda (Viv's one)
    L'Orfeo (Monty's one)
    Götterdämmerung

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    My list has changed a bit since 2012, so just today, in no order.

    Billy Budd
    Die Tote Stadt
    Don Carlos 5 act French version
    Don Giovanni
    La Fanciulla del West
    L'Incoronazione di Poppea
    Giulio Cesare
    Guillaume Tell
    Pique Dame
    The Cunning Little Vixen
    The Demon
    The Turn of the Screw
    Tristan und Isolde
    Natalie

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    I need to get out more

    (from the seventeenth and eighteenth century)

    but my list for today throws out xxxxxxxxxxxx *

    and adds Tristan und Isolde.






    * Not sure which

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I need to get out more

    (from the seventeenth and eighteenth century)

    but my list for today throws out xxxxxxxxxxxx *

    and adds Tristan und Isolde.

    * Not sure which
    This new release would be a great choice:
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    The "not sure which" more referred to the choice of which opera to remove from the list of thirteen but thanks for the recommendation. I do want to buy a dvd and have been to the dvd shop a thousand times without success so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    The "not sure which" more referred to the choice of which opera to remove from the list of thirteen but thanks for the recommendation. I do want to buy a dvd and have been to the dvd shop a thousand times without success so far.
    So many to choose from. So far I have only watched this one. It is a good one.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    My list really hasn't changed much since the first post, but I would need to fit I Puritani in there somewhere. So my top 13, as of today, would probably be:

    1. Fidelio (Beethoven)
    2. Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
    3. Rigoletto (Verdi)
    4. La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
    5. Il Trovatore (Verdi)
    6. Tosca (Puccini)
    7. La Traviata (Verdi)
    8. Leonora (Paer)
    9. Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
    10. I Puritani (Bellini)
    11. Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
    12. Anna Bolena (Donizetti)
    13. Don Giovanni (Mozart)

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