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    Quote Originally Posted by ldiat View Post
    1) magic flute
    2) Giulio Cesare
    3)Artaserse, Leonardo Vinci
    4)Entführung aus dem Serail
    5)La Cenerentola, Rossini
    LOVE your #3. Such an AMAZING opera!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard di Calatrava View Post
    Oh, gosh - you are cruel - only five?! That's worse than Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 here in the UK where I live...at least the guest gets eight discs!

    Well, let me think. With nearly 65 years of opera-going under my belt (Traviata at the age of 5 so work out my age [smiley face]!) I have lots of favourites. So, for TODAY only, and NOT in order, I present to you:

    - Fidelio
    - Siegfried (I'm listening to the 1965 Bayreuth/Bohm performance from Opera Depot right now!)
    - Otello
    - Tosca
    - Ermione (Rossini)
    - Billy Budd
    ...oh, that's six. I can't count. Tough - I've said it now!

    Soooooo, for tomorrow, my favourites will be:

    - Meistersinger
    - Don Giovanni
    - Les Troyens
    - Falstaff
    - Lulu (funny, I know I'm not alone in preferring it to Wozzeck...)

    ...And for sometime next week, perhaps I'll be mooting:

    - Il Ritorno d'Ulisse
    - King Priam
    - Theodora (alright, so it's really an oratorio...)
    - Le Nozze di Figaro
    - Don Carlos (full, five-act with all the extras and ballet, and in French!!)

    Shall I continue? Seriously, I simply couldn't narrow down my selection! Maybe we could talk about the top 50...???

    Thanks for your indulgence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    If you like Fidelio you have to get René Jacobs recording of Leonore. If you’re like me, you won’t care much for Fidelio anymore
    I have the Jacobs Leonore but still prefer Fidelio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handelian View Post
    I have the Jacobs Leonore but still prefer Fidelio
    I like both. But of the five or six Leonore recordings out there, Jacobs is the first one that really sounds good. I could ditch the rest of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I like both. But of the five or six Leonore recordings out there, Jacobs is the first one that really sounds good. I could ditch the rest of them.
    I’m with you. Have a five Leonore recordings I think that there’s no point to any of them for me anymore, even the Gardinier which I quite enjoyed until now.

    I am having a really hard time listening to any of my Fidelio recordings because every time I try, I just want to go back to the Jacobs Leonore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    I’m with you. Have a five Leonore recordings I think that there’s no point to any of them for me anymore, even the Gardinier which I quite enjoyed until now.

    I am having a really hard time listening to any of my Fidelio recordings because every time I try, I just want to go back to the Jacobs Leonore.
    It is a wonderful thing to have such a beautiful opera so perfectly performed!

    As for my favorite five operas, I can't do it. I could probably assemble my top 30 but 5 is just too fluid. Among the 30 the top 5 vary over time.
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    18th century
    Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
    Vinci: Artaserse
    Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
    Salieri: Les Danaïdes

    [Can't decide on a fifth work. There are a lot of excellent operas: Vivaldi's Orlando furioso; Handel's Serse; Monsigny's Roi et fermier; Grétry's Andromaque; Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide and Paride ed Elena; Salieri's Tarare; Sacchini's Oedipe à Colone, besides Figaro and Don Giovanni. And I love Porpora and Hasse's arias.)


    19th century and beyond
    Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
    Gounod: Faust
    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Moniuszko: Straszny dwór
    tempted to put something silly and brilliant like Offenbach's Ba-ta-clan or M. Choufleuri

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    It is a wonderful thing to have such a beautiful opera so perfectly performed!

    As for my favorite five operas, I can't do it. I could probably assemble my top 30 but 5 is just too fluid. Among the 30 the top 5 vary over time.
    It is, indeed.

    I’m with you. Too hard to iron down 5 even though I try.
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