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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Sadly it would be a busted flush in my case - the first things most of my friends would ask is if there is any shagging in it.
    Well, as a compromise you could choose the dance of 7 veils from Strauss' Salome. Great music as well.
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Oh, the ACT III Sestetto in Le nozze di Figaro. I would rank that as the single greatest compositional element of any opera.

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    Massenet: Werther - Pourquoi me réveiller (Jonas Kaufmann)
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    Inspired by gellio above - I'm going to second the addition of Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro": Duettino - "Sull'aria...che soave zeffiretto" ("On the breeze...What a gentle little Zephyr") for three very specific reasons...

    1.) It's a lovely and transcendent work of incomparable beauty that is accessible to a neophyte.

    2.) Seriously, who can resist a tune, especially a really "catchy" tune about zephyrs?

    3.) It apparently has the wondrous ability to subdue and mesmerize the extremely violent hard-core inmates of a maximum security prison.

    "Subdue and mesmerize" rather than "excite and inflame" is the way to go when confronted with extremely violent hard-core inmates of a maximum security prison but full disclosure - this is pure speculation on my part as my expertise on the subject is limited to having watched the film "The Shawshank Redemption" like 20 years ago which I'm fairly certain may be fictional and not an actual Ken Burns-like documentary.

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    I can only find an audio recording of the singers for whom I was searching. By the time I've listened to the first 5 minutes I'm all over goosebumps.


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    How about 7:35 from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde... and turn up the volume...

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    Così fan tutte: 'Soave sia il vento' – Mozart
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sydney Nova Scotia View Post
    I'll repeat the post made in the original CM thread -



    and add an extra to prevent accusations that I'm coasting on previous successes achieved in "Non Classical Music" (My thread "Turn It Up! - Herman's Hermits" was particularly noteworthy... I should probably ask to have it moved to the far more prestigious and much higher profile "Opera" section rather than let it continue to languish in obscurity in "Non Classical Music) -


    It saddens me to admit, that if you want to get someone into Opera in under 5 minutes, especially these days, this kind of stuff above is the only way. Show them something glamorous, pretty and "easy"/light ie. Netrebko, Garifullina etc. No one would learn to appreciate Flagstad in under 5mins nor do they want to.
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    If I had to pick something it would be this:



    If they didn't like it, then Opera is not for them.

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    Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Mirella Freni
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I'd say the Pearl Fishers duet

    I have to admit, opera hasn't clicked with me, but that one by those tenors is always on my playlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I have to admit, opera hasn't clicked with me, but that one by those tenors is always on my playlist.
    On my playlist too. Fantastic! Only Merrill was a baritone

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    Doce Sono from Figaro with Roschmann

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    Mon Coeur S'ouvre a ta Voix - Tatiana Troyanos
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    The first five minutes of this will do:


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