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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    La Traviata is one of the most perfect operas, and the first one I fell in love with.
    I chanced Traviata because of a set at my local music shop, for cheap, featuring Renee Fleming. I was blown away. I had no experience of Traviata before that. Now I have about a half dozen on CD and probably a dozen on DVD. Awesome opera!
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I chanced Traviata because of a set at my local music shop, for cheap, featuring Renee Fleming. I was blown away. I had no experience of Traviata before that. Now I have about a half dozen on CD and probably a dozen on DVD. Awesome opera!
    As much as I love Traviata I still think it is the weakest of the three peak operas of the middle period. Rigoletto is close to perfect as an opera and Il Trovtore i love in spite, or perhaps because, it's plot is so ludicrous. Travs third act has always frustrated me a bit and act 2 is very long. I dont know Otello (still!). or I vespri, but I love all the rest of the operas listed.

    Except Aida.

    I still don't love Aida.
    "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
    As much as I love Traviata I still think it is the weakest of the three peak operas of the middle period. Rigoletto is close to perfect as an opera and Il Trovtore i love in spite, or perhaps because, it's plot is so ludicrous. Travs third act has always frustrated me a bit and act 2 is very long. I dont know Otello (still!). or I vespri, but I love all the rest of the operas listed.

    Except Aida.

    I still don't love Aida.
    Bought a copy of Aida on disk and on DVD. Listened to the disk once. I don't know. Should try it again I suppose. Maybe the DVD will inspire me. Actually saw it live in the 1980s (pre surtitles) in Detroit, Michigan. I assume it was the MET (they used to tour Detroit and I think Chicago back in the day) as the Michigan Opera Theatre would not likely have put on such a big production. My mind recalls that maybe there was a real elephant on the stage at one point, but 35 years is a long time and the mind can play tricks.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Bought a copy of Aida on disk and on DVD. Listened to the disk once. I don't know. Should try it again I suppose. Maybe the DVD will inspire me. Actually saw it live in the 1980s (pre surtitles) in Detroit, Michigan. I assume it was the MET (they used to tour Detroit and I think Chicago back in the day) as the Michigan Opera Theatre would not likely have put on such a big production. My mind recalls that maybe there was a real elephant on the stage at one point, but 35 years is a long time and the mind can play tricks.
    If it helps it took me over three tries of listening/watching Aida before i got a copy. Many people love Aida but for some reason it has always mostly left me cold. I could argue that it's because late Verdi doesn't agree with me but I adore Falstaff with all my heart and love Boccanegra whose revised version was done only a few years after Aida. Aida has its strong points but I'd argue it can be a hard opera to love or even like.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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