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    Smile composers who composed just one opera

    I don't konw many...I'd like you to add to my tiny list:

    Bartok: The Bluebeard's Castle
    Beethoven: Fidelio
    Borodin: Prince Igor....

    Please help me.

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    Martin

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    Debussy - Pelléas et Mélisande
    Schumann - Genoveva
    Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
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    All of the above and:

    George Enescu's Oedipe
    Messiaen's Saint-François d'Assise
    Maazel's 1984
    Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre
    Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles
    Dukas' Ariane et Barbe-bleue (although he did start four more, but destroyed them and his only completed one is this one)
    Last edited by Almaviva; Sep-03-2011 at 01:57.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Chausson: Le roi Arthus


    With the exception of the category "songs", Chausson never wrote more than one of any genre.

    Scott Joplin: Treemonisha
    Last edited by Almaviva; Sep-05-2011 at 06:41.

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    Nobuo Uematsu - Mario and Draco

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    Almaviva - Les Mamelles d'Anna
    "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
    Almaviva - Les Mamelles d'Anna
    I'm not sure if I should have liked that... Oh, what the heck!

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    For the record, one can find in the cd/dvd market other Debussy's operas. They were unfinished, but anyhow released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klavierspieler View Post
    I'm not sure if I should have liked that... Oh, what the heck!
    Of course you should have liked it. Almaviva the composer is a good connoisseur of his subject matter. Les Mamelles d'Anna is a masterpiece! Or actually, both of them are masterpieces. The right one is slightly bigger than the left one but they're both great.
    "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
    Almaviva - Les Mamelles d'Anna
    I love this opera seeing as it was written predominantly for male voices. The object of their obsession & owner of the 'mamelles' is their fantasy woman so consequently is off stage for most of the time. This cast is sublime:

    Hero as a boy: Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)
    Hero's pal: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
    Hero as a man: Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
    His sidekick: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
    Baddie: René Pape (basso)
    Another baddie: John Relyea (basso)
    Fantasy creature (makes brief appearance at end): Anna Netrebko (mute)
    (Note: 'mamelles' do not appear)
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    Can you get me tickets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Almaviva - Les Mamelles d'Anna

    I can't wait for DVD production of this opera !
    Tutto nel mondo è burla

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    Sergei Taneyev : Oresteia, very beautiful opera based on Aeschylus' tragedy. I've just finished listening to it ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Debussy - Pelléas et Mélisande
    Schumann - Genoveva
    Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
    Debussy composed, I think another "kind" of opera...and many uncomplete...Le martyr of St-Sebastian (is this an opera?) was completed

    Sibelius, a beautiful short opera: The maiden in the tower...a very old fashion story...

    Thank you

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    I have no idea who composed les mamelles d'Anna...I know Poulenc's mamelles de Tirésias (Apollinaire)...and les mamelles de Dolly Parton...LOL (not an opera exactly)



    Martin

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