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    Has anyone written anything more beautiful than this duet from Mozart's Tito?


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    I have a sneaky feeling there may be some different opinions on the way, as beautiful as your duet is.

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    I would nominate this (from Semiramide):



    Okay, also this (from Otello). Actual duet begins at 6:54



    Rossini was master of such duets! It's not a mere music, it's a feast!!!
    Last edited by Azol; Jun-17-2015 at 11:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    I would nominate this (from Semiramide):




    Rossini was master of such duets! It's not a mere music, it's a feast!!!

    This is master-class singing pure sang

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    "Dite alla giovine," which is always the highlight of La Traviata for me.

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    I would suggest as one of my favorites "Glück, das mir verblieb", from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt:


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    Probably the best thing from Puccini:

    O Soave Fanciulla - Villazon + Netrebko

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    almost all of my favorites are soprano and bass/baritone duets
    1) The Desert Song (baritone/soprano)
    2) La Forza Primiera from Semiramide (bass/soprano)
    3) Ditte alla Giovine from La Traviata (baritone/soprano)
    4) Quali Accenti! from Semiramide (bass/contralto)
    5) this duet from Nabucco (baritone/soprano)
    6) Dunque Io Son from Il Barbiere (baritone/mezzo)
    7) Tutte le feste/Si Vendetta! (baritone/soprano)

    Edit: how did I forget In Mia Man?! (the only one on my list with a tenor )
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    Son geloso... from La Sonnambula, particularly with Dessay and Florez.



    Au fond du temple saint... from Les pêcheurs de perles, particularly with Björling and Merrill.


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    I can't help myself... 5,679,822 hits, not all mine.

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    Treat yourself to one of the most beautiful and haunting duets ever written for opera thanks to Arrigo Boito from Mefistofele,
    "Lontano, lontano" which begins at 5:29 with Magda Olivero and I am not sure who the tenor and the bass are. (possibly Campora and Hines?)

    Listen too for another beautifully done aria at around 10:10 by Olivero.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9X-tpf2flQ

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    "Verrano a te" (Lucia and Edgardo) from LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR is one of the most purely beautiful, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    almost all of my favorites are soprano and bass/baritone duets
    1) The Desert Song (baritone/soprano)
    2) La Forza Primiera from Semiramide (bass/soprano)
    3) Ditte alla Giovine from La Traviata (baritone/soprano)
    4) Quali Accenti! from Semiramide (bass/contralto)
    5) this duet from Nabucco (baritone/soprano)
    6) Dunque Io Son from Il Barbiere (baritone/mezzo)
    7) Tutte le feste/Si Vendetta! (baritone/soprano)

    Edit: how did I forget In Mia Man?! (the only one on my list with a tenor )


    That's one of my all-time favorite duets, but I think more for drama and rhythm than for "beauty." For pure beauty there's "O remembranza" (Norma, Adalgisa) from the same opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Has anyone written anything more beautiful than this duet from Mozart's Tito?





    The Act II love duet from Tristan - take your pick.

    The Mozart is absolutely gorgeous- to be sure. For me its like having a crush on someone in the third grade.

    But the Wagner is like the unavoidable gravitational pull of irrepressiblly falling heads-over-heels in love and lust.
    "Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and more pleasant creature does not exist." - Thomas Carlyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
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    That's one of my all-time favorite duets, but I think more for drama and rhythm than for "beauty." For pure beauty there's "O remembranza" (Norma, Adalgisa) from the same opera.
    if that's what you mean by "beauty", I'd say The Desert Song is the winner on my list

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