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    Let's share which are our favorite operas from the Baroque period. Ten is just a number, a few less or a few more will do also.

    These are mine:

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-TBCMJ26Qg

    Tamerlano (Handel) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-yEtpWiREo

    Arminio (Biber) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JXhZg95oDA

    Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcaFrj1-yJ4

    L'incoronazione di Dario (Vivaldi) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIo-QJ58dWQ

    Griselda (Scarlatti) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBN1p8ZzQUo

    Titon et l'Aurore (Mondonville) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td9ADuhR2IU

    Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhYP2QnwWbg

    Acis & Galatée (Lully) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2K16LMgL3M

    Orfeo (Rossi) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qEsCgHV4NY

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    Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi)

    L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel)

    Tamerlano (Handel)

    (actually too many by Handel to really choose)

    Elena (Cavalli)

    Les Indes galantes (Rameau)

    Armide (Lully)

    Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

    Ercole sul Termodonte (Vivaldi)

    Artaserse (Vinci)
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    L'Orfeo (Claude Greenmount)
    Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Greenmount)
    L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Greemount)
    Giulio Cesare (Handel)
    Tamerlano (Handel)
    Ariodante (Handel)
    Rodelinda (Handel)
    Alcina (Handel)
    Ercole sul Termodonte (Vivaldi)

    So much for operas, but if we allow some oratorios that are frequently mounted as operas, I would then include a tenth and an eleventh:

    Saul (Handel)
    Teodora (Handel)
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    (Claude Greenmount)
    has he recently got citizenship from an English speaking country?

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    Honorary. Recently revealed by scholarly research.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    ^^^ In that case they mispelled his name.
    Greenmount = Monteverde



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    Quote Originally Posted by GioCar View Post
    ^^^ In that case they mispelled his name.
    Greenmount = Monteverde


    Probably they were referring only to him, just one mount. And not his family the Monteverdi.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Yeah, I have a thing for Monteverdi. Why did we have to lose all of his stuff when he died?!

    Handel - Rinaldo
    Monteverdi - L'Orfeo
    Monteverdi - L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Monteverdi - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
    Gluck - L'Orfeo
    Rameau - Castor et Pollux
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    What's about some Baroque opera sung in German?.








    Der hochmüthige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus; with a libretto in German by Lucas von Bostel, was premiered in Hamburg in 1711, but it was revised by Keiser some 20 years later, and premiered again in 1730, which is the version recorded above.

    A beautiful aria sung by Sandrine Piau:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbrrc3tu29g&hd=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    What's about some Baroque opera sung in German?
    it has Dorothea Roschmann so my answer is yes!

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    Early Baroque (I haven't heard as many to choose...)

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

    Middle and late Baroque + French operas before the Revolution

    Lully: Cadmus et Hermione
    Campra: Tancrède
    Marais: Alcyone
    Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
    Purcell: Dido et Aeneas
    Scarlatti: Griselda
    Hasse: Didone abbandonata
    Handel: Agrippina
    Pergolesi: La serva padrona
    Rousseau: Le Devin du Village
    Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
    Grétry: Richard Cœur-de-lion

    (Note: picked up only one masterwork from each composer)
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    Danke sehr! Looking forward to listening to this.

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    I was never into Baroque, other than Handel's Messiah, but when I got into Beverly Sills, I ended up with Julius Ceasar. Later I bought Ottone in Villa on a whim, Tolomeo for Anna Bonitatibus, and now I just placed an order for Ariodante because I just bought tickets to a concert version of it for next April (and both the CD and the concert feature Joyce DiDonato). So I seem to be getting into Baroque opera and liking it, which is a good thing I guess. Anyway, I can only list what I have (in possession or on order):

    Handel, Julius Ceasar
    Vivaldi, Ottone in Villa
    Handel, Tolomeo
    Handel, Ariodante
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    Baroque opera was on fire from @ 2002-2014 period with Alan Curtis (virgin/archiv labels) and Naïve label Vivaldi & Handel Italian operas releasing a flood of great performances with an entire sub sector of specialist singers and conductors who really elevated the art higher than ever before.........

    Now Naïve is out of business and not sure what happened to Curtis, but we have much more limited flow of releases now, I used to eagerly buy every release by Naïve and Curtis, those were the glory days..........

    I must admit to listening with remote close at hand to skip over the spoken sections (recitativo) even though under these new performances they have more rhythmic vocal inflection and richer continuo music backing

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Baroque opera was on fire from @ 2002-2014 period with Alan Curtis (virgin/archiv labels) and Naïve label Vivaldi & Handel Italian operas releasing a flood of great performances with an entire sub sector of specialist singers and conductors who really elevated the art higher than ever before.........

    Now Naïve is out of business and not sure what happened to Curtis,
    Unfortunately, Alan Curtis died this past July. He was a great baroque musician.

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