View Poll Results: Preferred Donizetti opera

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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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    Opera Lively Media Consultant Top Contributor Member Ann Lander (sospiro)'s Avatar
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    I'm adding Anna Bolena now to my favourites. I didn't really know it before I saw it live last year so needed to do lots of homework. After I got to know it, it shot up my 'favourite operas' list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I'm adding Anna Bolena now to my favourites. I didn't really know it before I saw it live last year so needed to do lots of homework. After I got to know it, it shot up my 'favourite operas' list.
    I struggled with Anna Bolena and I think it was partly just finding the right recording. At this time I am very happy with my most recent Anna Bolena acquisition:


    After that I like this one a lot, but Sonia Prina can get a bit tiring after a while:


    I have 2 or 3 others (including Sills), but they don't rank as high. In fact, i would be willing to sell my Sills Three Queens set.
    "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 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.
    Couple weeks ago I made a list of the essential operas from my collection. There were 38 operas on the list and Don Pasquale was not on it. Last night I added it, then broke the operas out in groups of 5 from favorite 5 on down. Pasquale is in the second favorite 5 and Barber of Seville (which has a few similarities to Don Pasquale) is way down in the 5th group. That is as high as Rossini got in my list.

    Question: Did Bellini ever write a comic opera? Seems not.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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