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    Hello, i'm Louise and I just joined here. I'm 16 and have only really got into opera over the past few months. The only ones I have listened to/seen in full are:

    Carmen
    Les Contes D'hoffman
    Samson and Delilah
    Madam Butterfly
    The Merry Widow
    Rigoletto

    Out of those, my favourite was probably Rigoletto. All of them were pretty epic though Anyway, I don't know anything about opera to be honest, but I like listening to it and I was just wondering if anyone could please recommend some! Cheers in advance.

    Louise xxx

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    It depends what you really want.

    However, I think you ought to listen to some Mozart. I'm a great believer in randomness and serendipity so, if you don't know which one to pick, pick one at random.

    That reminds me to put in a word for the twentieth century. Try Tippett's The midsummer marriage which is just gorgeous, exlultant and life enhancing (and entirely conventional in terms of structure and tonality).

    Then again, Monteverdi demands to be heard. For the man who almost invented opera to have also written its greatest examples is extraordinary.

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    If you like Madama Butterfly you will probably also like La Boheme
    If you like Rigoletto you will probably also like Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Aida
    If you like The Merry Widow you will probably also like Die Fledermaus

    But all that is just for starters of course.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    I second jhar26's recommendations.

    Good idea to try other stuff:

    Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

    Then maybe get a collection of arias and see where it takes you next.
    Natalie

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    I'm not a huge opera fan, so for one to actually appeal to me is something. That being said, those that have are:
    Mozart - Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)
    Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro
    Beethoven - Fidelio

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    There is an opera with a title role that is the same as your first name, Louise, by Carpentier.
    Not that I'd wish upon you what happens to that Louise... but it is an interesting opera.
    On the other hand, probably not one to start with. Other folks here have made good suggestions.
    You have started by some very good operas.
    Welcome to a lifelong pleasure, opera is great!
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    Fidelio is wonderful, in my opinion )
    Also check out Suor Angelica, part of Puccini's Il Trittico (a set of three one act operas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Fidelio is wonderful, in my opinion )
    Also check out Suor Angelica, part of Puccini's Il Trittico (a set of three one act operas)
    In the Trittico, I like Gianni Schicchi the most of the three.
    "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 became a new mother just a couple months before hearing Suor Angelica for the first time, as I mentioned in another post. So it touches me in way that no other opera has so far. But I am definitely interested now in checking out the rest of the Il Trittico. In a row at that, the way Puccini intended.

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    Thanks, folks! *takes note*
    I'll definitely look them up in youtube/get them on DVD

    I think i'll start with The Magic Flute 'cause I know lots of people like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I became a new mother just a couple months before hearing Suor Angelica for the first time, as I mentioned in another post. So it touches me in way that no other opera has so far. But I am definitely interested now in checking out the rest of the Il Trittico. In a row at that, the way Puccini intended.
    I don't know Trittico at all. Got the DVD & CD (well I have now!). I like Puccini so I'm looking forward to getting to know it.
    Ann

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