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    Default Favourite opera overture

    I wonder why thread like this is missing here.

    So what is your favourite opera overture/prelude?

    Please don't discuss about your favourite operas in this thread, but really about opera overtures. It can be considered as a separate work and often is performed in this manner. Excellent overture can introduce poor opera and and excellent opera can starts with poor overture.

    My favourites are:

    Marriage of Figaro
    Oberon
    Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Meistersinger
    La forza del destino (there are two versions I think)
    Carmen
    Pelleas et Melisande
    The Cunning Little Vixen
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    Haha, these I'm more familiar with, if only slightly so...

    Oberon
    Russlan and Ludmilla
    Der Freischutz

    And after that I draw a blank... but still, better than my list of favorite operas which still numbers precisely one!
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    Tannhauser is my absolute favorite. Karajan is good with this, as is Tennstedt.
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    Anything by Rossini (Barber of Seville, Thieving Magpie, William Tell)
    Beethoven's Fidelo/Leonora overtures
    Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni)
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    Der Freischütz
    The Force of Destiny
    Light Cavalry
    Fidelio
    The Flying Dutchman

    The above overtures are great, but I'm really a bigger fan of concert overtures.

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    Tannhauser
    Der Fliegende Hollander
    Der Rosenkavalier
    Capriccio
    Le Nozze di Figaro
    Die Zauberflote
    Carmen
    Fidelio
    Candide
    Ruslan and Ludmilla
    La Forza del Destino
    Die Fledermaus
    ...and about half a dozen of Rossini's overtures.

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    Oooh, Carmen is another good one. Love it, love it!
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    Tristan und Isolde

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    Rigoletto because of its short, brutal, no-nonsense introduction to the terrible events to unfold.

    Le Nozze di Figaro for its high spirit and great lyric range. It tells you that some fun is soon to appear.

    Don Giovanni because it sets us up for some drama yet tempers that with a lighter less tragic tone. It also starts the opera right away without any wasted time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Tannhauser is my absolute favorite. Karajan is good with this, as is Tennstedt.
    It is my favourite too.I recommend Haitink and Klemperer for the recordings.As you said Tennstedt is also very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atabey View Post
    It is my favourite too.I recommend Haitink and Klemperer for the recordings.As you said Tennstedt is also very good.
    Hmm, I've not heard either of these. I'm sure the Klemperer is very good.
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    My favourites are:

    Tannhauser ( Original and Paris Version with Ballet attached)
    La Forza del Destino
    Parsifal
    Die Fledermaus
    Prelude to Eugene Onegin ( not technically an overture)
    Nabucco
    Aida (Overture, not Prelude)
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    My few favorites would be:

    Egmont (If that can count)
    The Thieving Magpie
    The Marriage of Figaro
    Candide


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    Tristan und Isolde
    Great overture to an at least equally great opera.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachovsky View Post
    The Thieving Magpie
    Yeah! That's another good call- and one I didn't think of instantly!
    [Edit- I just saw that Sid entered this one earlier!]

    The ones I did think of instantly were:
    Beethoven: Leonore #3
    Wagner:
    Tannhäuser Overture & Venusberg Music
    Die Meistersinger
    Prelude Act III/Lohengrin
    and, of course, Dutchman, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Rienzi, hel... pretty much all of them (even Das Liebesverbot!)

    And in the "warhorses" category...
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    Oooh, good question-- and hard to answer with a limited list.

    But here goes (not in any particular order)....

    1) Beethoven: Lenore #3
    2) Janacek: Jealousy
    3) Rubinstein: Dmitri Donskoi
    4) Reznicek: Donna Diana
    5) Wagner: Tristan and Isolde
    6) Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
    7) Rossini: The Barber of Seville
    8) Rossini: William Tell
    9) Rossini: Cinderella
    10) Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon

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