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    We've been listing our favorite arias in the other thread. Now, what are some arias you don't care for as much?

    As fond as I am of LA TRAVIATA, and of the duet between Violetta and Germont, I've never really liked Germont's "Di Provenza." To me it sounds melodically "square" and uninteresting -- that is, unless it's sung with a lot of dynamic and expressive contrast, the way Verdi marked in the score. And even then I wouldn't put it among my favorite Verdi arias for baritone.

    Another one I don't like that much is Ford's "E sogno o realita?" from FALSTAFF, but I think that might be partly because I've heard a couple of baritones basically shout their way through it rather than sing it. But I guess it's more properly a monologue (like "Pari siamo" in RIGOLETTO) rather than an aria (not that that excuses shouting!).

    And -- this is going to sound really cranky -- "Vissi d'arte" from TOSCA has never been a favorite of mine, despite the fact that I love TOSCA as a whole.
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    Anything from Carmen.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Funny, I'm not a fan of vissi d'arte either, but I love di provenza.

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    "Cielo e mar!" is not really a personal favorite.

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    Au Fond Temple Saint.

    That male duet from the Pearl Fishers! Arrggghhh. I really hate it.

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    My first thoughts for the candidates of least favourite arias are Mozart's O wie will ich triumphieren or Welche wonne welche lust and the Papageno numbers from Zauberflote. Simply annoying, neither fun nor beautiful. I dislike them intensely. Then there's Se vuol ballare - really boring piece in my opinion, same with Vendetta aria in the same opera. And I'm great Mozartian geezer, mind you.
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    Lucia's mad scene. I'm not a great fan of bel canto or sopranos, and it's so damn long. I just wish she'd shut up and die and we can get back to Edgardo.
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    I feel like that about the ends of Traviata and Boheme and Rigoletto.
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Colline's aria in Boheme, Vecchia Zimarra, is drenched in prosaic bathos-shtick. It's dry pea soup and it drags, albeit mercifully (well, almost mercifully) short. Giaco was just trying to slow the tension of the deathwatch or throwing a bone to the basso so he'd have a solo in the opera. I never liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Lucia's mad scene. I'm not a great fan of bel canto or sopranos, and it's so damn long. I just wish she'd shut up and die and we can get back to Edgardo.
    Oh, wow! Lucia's Mad Scene is one of my favorites, especially that "Del ciel clemente..." melismatic passage and the cabaletta. But Edgardo's big final scene is great, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    My first thoughts for the candidates of least favourite arias are Mozart's O wie will ich triumphieren or Welche wonne welche lust
    pah, lighten up!

    I really don't care for Cornelia's arias in Giulio Cesare, also Cara sposa from Rinaldo. I like Scherza, infida so I'm not heartless

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Lucia's mad scene. I'm not a great fan of bel canto or sopranos, and it's so damn long. I just wish she'd shut up and die and we can get back to Edgardo.
    And I'd think that baroque opera veterans should be entirely immune to the "shup up so we can get to next point already" kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Anything from Carmen.
    That's really strange coming from you--you must have heard the wrong interpretations.
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    Cosi fan tutte - any aria. I still have no idea why that opera was resuscitated.

    Despite it's popularity, I'm not a great fan of Le Nozze either. I find the overture and Voi che sapete to be exellent but the rest is drab. There's worse operas out there but I expect better music from a guy who is short-listed as one of the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Cosi fan tutte - any aria. I still have no idea why that opera was resuscitated.
    Let Mr. Bean explain you one of them, wretched man:


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