View Poll Results: Favorite Verdi opera

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  • Rigoletto

    11 32.35%
  • Il Trovatore

    4 11.76%
  • La Traviata

    14 41.18%
  • I vespri siciliani

    0 0%
  • Simon Boccanegra

    3 8.82%
  • Un Ballo in maschera

    5 14.71%
  • La Forza del destino

    3 8.82%
  • Don Carlo

    17 50.00%
  • Aida

    6 17.65%
  • Otello

    9 26.47%
  • Falstaff

    7 20.59%
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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Florestan's Avatar
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    I cannot vote because the only Verdi opera I have heard is Jerusalem and the stories of his other operas don't really appeal to me.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    I have never understood why Ballo is not more popular as it has a wonderful streak of dark humor in it at times which makes it very interesting and one of my favourite Verdi's overall.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I have never understood why Ballo is not more popular as it has a wonderful streak of dark humor in it at times which makes it very interesting and one of my favourite Verdi's overall.
    It really is a great opera, I really enjoy Pavarotti in it, you really get the feel that he's laughing in the face of death...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I cannot vote because the only Verdi opera I have heard is Jerusalem and the stories of his other operas don't really appeal to me.
    Give 'em a go anyway! The music is incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemarchesurtousleschemins View Post
    First post! Hurray!!
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    Hmm. Makes me wonder if we need a "Favorite Early Verdi" voting thread (and we probably could sneak in a little overlap if nobody is looking too hard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemarchesurtousleschemins View Post
    First post! Hurray!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    All well and good, but still . . . no votes for Ballo or Forza *at all*?

    Sorry . . . just have to stick up for the underdog(s).
    OK, I'll bite. I voted for Forza It was the first Verdi opera that really "clicked" with me and led me down this wonderful Verdiant path. I also chose Don Carlos (my FAVORITE opera of all) and Rigoletto.

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    I voted for Forza too because I live for a good coincidence.

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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemarchesurtousleschemins View Post
    First post! Hurray!!
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    3 consecutive ones: Ballo, Forza, Don Carlo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    led me down this wonderful Verdiant path
    You coined a new word there, and I like it a lot! : )

    I'm going to hold off voting, at least through the summer when I'll be watching a lot of his later operas for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    You coined a new word there, and I like it a lot! : )

    I'm going to hold off voting, at least through the summer when I'll be watching a lot of his later operas for the first time.
    thank you

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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemarchesurtousleschemins View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I cannot vote because the only Verdi opera I have heard is Jerusalem and the stories of his other operas don't really appeal to me.
    Well, now (three years later) I have two favorite Verdi operas:

    La Traviata

    Il Trovatore

    If I had to pick between the two, it would be Traviata.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    La Traviata is one of the most perfect operas, and the first one I fell in love with. Rigoletto is very near its equal in drama and memorable music.

    So hard to pick one between his last 4 operas, as they each have their own charms. Don Carlo is kind of the perfect mix of his through-composed late style while still having lots of memorable "numbers". But is part of its allure, that it's the rarest to see live? Maybe, but still this is the Verdi opera that is permanently in my car stereo rotation.

    And I see that I am pretty boring and my tastes do not diverge from the consensus

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