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  • Emilia di Liverpool

    2 7.69%
  • Il castello di Kenilworth

    2 7.69%
  • Anna Bolena

    9 34.62%
  • Ugo, conte di Parigi

    1 3.85%
  • L'elisir d'amore

    18 69.23%
  • Parisina

    1 3.85%
  • Lucrezia Borgia

    3 11.54%
  • Rosmonda d'Inghilterra

    0 0%
  • Maria Stuarda

    8 30.77%
  • Gemma di Vergy

    1 3.85%
  • Marin Faliero

    1 3.85%
  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    19 73.08%
  • L'assedio di Calais

    1 3.85%
  • Pia de' Tolomei

    1 3.85%
  • Roberto Devereux

    5 19.23%
  • Poliuto

    2 7.69%
  • Le duc d'Albe

    1 3.85%
  • La fille du régiment

    11 42.31%
  • La favorita

    2 7.69%
  • Maria Padilla

    1 3.85%
  • Linda di Chamounix

    1 3.85%
  • Caterina Cornaro

    1 3.85%
  • Don Pasquale

    4 15.38%
  • Maria di Rohan

    1 3.85%
  • Dom Sébastien

    1 3.85%
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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Dark_Angel's Avatar
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    Some other Donizetti DVD/Blu rays I really like:



    Dessay and JDF, a classic must have




    A new must have especially the blu ray. Garanca very strong Lady Seymour




    AC Antonacci yes yes yessssss! Pizzi production and rock solid performance of Devia



    Not great but overall very strong, luxury MET production



    Ruggero Raimondi is the best DP ever

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    Alagna is uneven. Here he wasn't particularly good, in my opinion. His version of Una Furtiva Lagrima was quite anemic. But I generally like Alagna in spite of the fact that his performances are not always good, given that he is a likable guy. I have more problems with his wife.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    I like the one with Anna and Rolando.


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    Given choice of tenors singing Nemorino on CD: Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti, Di Stefano or Kraus (some of them recorded it even more than once), these DVDs with Villazon and Alagna are hardly L'Elisirs of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Given choice of tenors singing Nemorino on CD: Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti, Di Stefano or Kraus (some of them recorded it even more than once), these DVDs with Villazon and Alagna are hardly L'Elisirs of choice.
    Oh come on, Aramis, do you think I pick my L'Elisir based on TENORS???? Tsk, tsk.

    Signed, Alma, a faithful Anna Netrebko La Bellissima fan.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Voted for Lucia, Maria Stuarda, and L'Elisir d'Amore.
    These were my three as well. Lucia must always take first place for me, and I have long had a great affection for L'elisir. I struggled for a while between Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena for third place, but the Queen of Scots won out. I can never forget Beverly Sills' frighteningly intense 'Figlia impura di Bolena!'.

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    If I have to take three away with me today (actually this would probably be consistent for the past year) it is Anna, Lucia and Lucrezia.

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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    After I mentioned the 12 I knew a while ago when this poll came out, I got to know five more.

    These are:


    1. Il Campanello di Notte
    2. Poliuto
    3. Sancia di Castiglia
    4. Il Diluvio Universale
    5. Belisario


    The first one is rather a minor work, but pleasant. Poliuto, Sancia, and Il Diluvio I liked very much. Belisario, I liked less, but it might be because I didn't give my full attention to it as I was half watching and half doing something else. I liked some arias and ensembles but found that it dragged for a little too long.

    So now I know 17 Donizetti operas. Still a long way to go to get exposed to more, but hopefully these 17 are among his better ones so I'm not sure if I'm missing that much; better proof, the ones I haven't seen haven't collected any votes in this poll, yet.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I wanted to choose four: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, L'elisir and Lucia.
    Eventually I let their plots be the deciding factor so I dropped Lucia - yet another story about a good girl whose father (in this case her brother) won't let her marry Mr Right, leading to suicides but that's OK because they will be together in Heaven.

    The grave's a fine and private place
    But none I think do there embrace.
    (Andrew Marvell)

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    This is as one have to decide witch parent is better or witch child is nicer, I can't , I pass.
    I know it, I am a chicken

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    As a devotee of Donizetti (please note the smarmy alliteration, Clayton), My choices are;

    1. The three queens: Anna Bolena, with Treba; Maria Stuarda, with Joyce DiDonato, and Roberto Devereaux .

    2. The three comedies: Elisir with Trebs, Don Pasquale, with Trebs and Fille du Regiment with Dessay and JDF.

    3. Three melodramas: Lucia, with Trebs, La Favorite, with Aldrich, and Gemma di Vergy, with Agresta.

    Sumptuous in melody and visually delightful.

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    My absolute favorite Donizetti operas are the three queens, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, and Anna Bolena. If these three are taken as a set they would constitute the second largest operatic work after Wagner's Ring. Oh, but there is really a 4th Donizetti queen, Elisabetta Al Castello Di Kenilworth, but for some reason that one never gets promoted like the other three.
    "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
    My absolute favorite Donizetti operas are the three queens, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, and Anna Bolena. If these three are taken as a set they would constitute the second largest operatic work after Wagner's Ring. Oh, but there is really a 4th Donizetti queen, Elisabetta Al Castello Di Kenilworth, but for some reason that one never gets promoted like the other three.
    After Lucia di Lammermoor my favourite is L'assedio di Calais

    BTW - Thanks Florestan for reviving old threads; loving re-reading the old stuff and there's more variety of topics!
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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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    Here is another favorite:
    "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
    My absolute favorite Donizetti operas are the three queens, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, and Anna Bolena. If these three are taken as a set they would constitute the second largest operatic work after Wagner's Ring. Oh, but there is really a 4th Donizetti queen, Elisabetta Al Castello Di Kenilworth, but for some reason that one never gets promoted like the other three.
    I don't know how I came to above conclusion because definitely L'elisir d'amore and La fille du Regiment are at the top of my Donizetti list. With the three queens I was partial to Maria Stuarda, but lately have been more focused on Roberto Devereaux. Then there is Don Pasquale, an opera I love but hate. The story is terrible, but the music and singing are wonderful. Other than that, none of the others have gained enough traction with me to warrant more than an occasional listen, namely Lucrezia Borgia and La favorita.

    Now maybe I should try this kind of thread for Bellini?
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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