View Poll Results: How many complete operas do you own at home in any media?

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    39 43.82%
  • 21-50

    25 28.09%
  • 51-100

    8 8.99%
  • 101-200

    9 10.11%
  • 201-300

    1 1.12%
  • 301 or more

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    Senior Member Almaviva's Avatar
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    Default Poll - how many complete operas do you own?

    We've been talking about spending sprees, the dreaded Unwatched Police, and so forth, so I thought it would be fun to get a sense of the size of users' opera collections at home. This can be a matter of pride or shame... LOL... so, better make it anonymous under the form of a poll.

    How many complete operas do you guys own, all media considered? (vinyl, CD, VHS, DVD, blu-ray, iPod download, etc)?
    "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 am just strating to listen to Opera this year so less than 20 I think .

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    My current object of desire is newly acquired Callas deluxe studio set........



    Total CD collection is massive 40% classical/opera 60% rock, I have several of these 1500 CD racks
    Only need to quit work so I can listen to all these.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    My current object of desire is newly acquired Callas deluxe studio set........



    Total CD collection is massive 40% classical/opera, I have several of these 1500 CD racks

    Whoa!!!

    I was thinking of you when I was making the voting categories, I thought, "Dark Angel must have more than 500, but it's probably a unique case so I guess I can set the highest category as more than 300..."

    I guess I grossly underestimated you collection!

    Oh... my... God...

    Would you accept me as a guest in your house for a short period, say, a sabbatical year? I'll bring my own headphones and sleeping bag!
    Last edited by Almaviva; Sep-29-2010 at 03:37.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Awesome collection. I wonder how archaic such collections will look in another 10 years or so, when everything is digital. I'm including myself as one such archaic; I have approximately 1500 books that take up many, many bookcases and am already starting to feel like a bit of a relic when compared to a Kindle. Still, there's something about the heft of a book and the smell of the pages that digital just can't replicate.
    I suspect you feel the same way about your collection

    As to the poll question, it's probably about 10. But I'm an opera neophyte and I prefer to thoroughly plumb the depths of and appreciate a single work before moving on to another, so slow and steady is my preferred pace.
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    Almaviva
    ha ha, yeh bring a pizza over and you can crash on couch

    I actually have more metal & rock than opera/classical, but recently been buy more opera than anything else........

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    DarkAngel...I am positively DROOLING over your collection! And I'm the same way...opera is a small portion of my total collection, but most of what I've listened to in the last two months. Do you listen to progressive metal? I love Dream Theater, Evergrey, Queensryche and Pain of Salvation. You should check them out.

    I have only five operas in their entirety: La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Tristan und Isolde, and Fidelio. I have highlights albums of Rusalka and Marriage of Figaro. I have Suor Angelica in its entirety, but did not include it in the five because it's part of Il Trittico and I do not have the other two in the set.

    Despite my modest numbers, I also have three compilation albums. All told, it's about 24 hours of opera. All of these are digital music downloads (I know....I can hear the *boooos* and *hisses* in the background!) That said, I'm making sure my next one will be a hard album with libretto.

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    Less than 20 for me... I somewhat doubt I could bring myself to break the 100 mark, given my aversion to 1) most operatic conventions and 2) having a lot of stuff around; you'd be pretty shocked to know how many of my CDs I left at my mom's house when I went to college (incidentally, that number includes the Solti Ring cycle).
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Counting each different opera once somewhere around 450; counting multiple performances maybe 700. All told (not just opera/I collect more string quartets than opera) maybe 20k LPs, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes, RTR. I've been collecting for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangstrom View Post
    Counting each different opera once somewhere around 450; counting multiple performances maybe 700. All told (not just opera/I collect more string quartets than opera) maybe 20k LPs, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes, RTR. I've been collecting for a long time.
    Impressive!!! I'll be looking forward to your analyses and opinions here! You must be quite the expert!
    "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 own only four complete operas that I can think of two by C19th Hungarian composer Ferenc Erkel & Berg's Wozzeck (which I've had since I was a teenager) & Schoenberg's Moses und Aron (acquired in the last 1-2 years). Needless to say, opera is my least favourite genre. I'm pretty much equally into solo instrumental, chamber, choral, orchestral & I have been developing an interest in electronica & art songs, but opera is by far at the very bottom of my "totem pole." Perhaps it's the length, less intimacy and the stifling conventions (hence me liking the less traditional "atonal" operas) that put me off big time...
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    Rather embarrassing really, but at this stage including VHS, CDs and DVDs over 200. But I mainly listen to opera, my second largest CD section is develoted to Domenico Scarlatti.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    My current object of desire is newly acquired Callas deluxe studio set........



    Total CD collection is massive 40% classical/opera 60% rock, I have several of these 1500 CD racks
    Only need to quit work so I can listen to all these.....

    I pity the ******* who breaks into your place (look right, corner). Nice!

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    This thread deodorizes bad smelling of the so-called "Dark Lord" at one of his most propitious zones of pretentiously desireable hierarchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boccherini View Post
    This thread deodorizes bad smelling of the so-called "Dark Lord" at one of his most propitious zones of pretentiously desireable hierarchy.
    Right, I've thought about this for a few minutes and I still haven't a clue what it means, unless that we are all going to hell in a handcart because we have Too Much Stuff.

    Bix likes this.
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