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    Default 5 Minutes to Make You Love Opera

    Inspired by the thread "Five minutes to make you love classical music."

    So, which five minutes of opera would you play to convince someone to fall in love with opera. I would recommend you at least get an opera in performance, and not just in concert, as the imagery is a big part of the whole experience. That said, I will go with this one for my 5-minute shot:

    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Inspired by the thread "Five minutes to make you love classical music."

    So, which five minutes of opera would you play to convince someone to fall in love with opera. I would recommend you at least get an opera in performance, and not just in concert, as the imagery is a big part of the whole experience. That said, I will go with this one for my 5-minute shot:

    Of course you'd choose Sonnambula!

    Only five minutes? That rules out the Blessing of the Swords; the Forest of Kromy scene; "Châtiment effroyable"; the Auction Scene from the Dame blanche; or Rossini's Gran pezzo concertato a 14 voci.

    Nearly 5 minutes:
    "Qu'à servir mon courroux tout l'enfer se prépare" + Trio des parques (Rameau: Hippolyte & Aricie)
    "Tristes apprêts" (Rameau: Castor & Pollux)
    "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" (Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice)
    "Villes entourées" (Berlioz: Damnation de Faust)
    Trio des Marmitons (Offenbach: Brigands)
    "J'ai versé le poison" (Massenet: Cléopâtre)

    Otherwise, mixing:
    "Que tout gémisse" (Rameau: Castor & Pollux) - 3'30
    "Dieux, qui me poursuivez" (Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride) - 3'30
    "Au faîte des grandeurs" (Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide) - 2'09
    "Ten zegar stary" (Moniuszko: Straszny dwór) - 3'00-ish
    Venice septet (Ernest Guiraud, in Offenbach's Contes d'Hoffmann) - 3'33
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    I'd say the Pearl Fishers duet


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    I'll say:



    Libiamo Brindisi from Traviata Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFuller View Post
    Only five minutes? That rules out the Blessing of the Swords; the Forest of Kromy scene; "Châtiment effroyable"; the Auction Scene from the Dame blanche; or Rossini's Gran pezzo concertato a 14 voci.
    Ok, I guess 5 minutes is too limiting, let's go with a reasonable sized clip. And of course it is impossible to pick one clip for this when there are hundreds if not thousands of wonderful bits in opera. So we have to keep feeding our friend 5 minute bits until they are hooked.
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    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    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) -



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    Placido Domingi in Rigoletto Verdi - La donna e mobile
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    If I were only permitted to have a newbie "listen only" and not "see" a performance, there is no question but that I would choose the Poker Scene from "La Fanciulla del West".
    I watch faces when they listen to them playing those cards back and forth and the intense music that says it all behind them. Interestingly, hardly any actual singing takes place -- only the sound of cards and the background music but it grabs them every single time.
    Other grabbers would be the Prelude to "Mefistofele" and the Vorspiel from "Parsifal".
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    CARMEN - LEONTYNE PRICE - Près des remparts de Séville (Seguedille)
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    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.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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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.
    There may be in some of the Regietheater productions, but I think you might better find a different set of friends. They are probably conditioned by movies and TV to gravitate towards stuff like shagging.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    I'd go with an Italian tenor aria as that is what most people find easy on the ears. Cavaradossi's E lucevan le stelle sung by Corelli. However, the intensity of Callas gets a lot of people hooked. I would choose a five minute segment from the filmed Tosca up to Vissi d'arte and then the aria. Then again some people I know got into opera via the comedies of Donizetti and Rossini and the heavier rep always turned them off. So ultimately it would depend on the person and their preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I'd go with an Italian tenor aria as that is what most people find easy on the ears. Cavaradossi's E lucevan le stelle sung by Corelli. However, the intensity of Callas gets a lot of people hooked. I would choose a five minute segment from the filmed Tosca up to Vissi d'arte and then the aria. Then again some people I know got into opera via the comedies of Donizetti and Rossini and the heavier rep always turned them off. So ultimately it would depend on the person and their preferences.

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    Callas "Suicidio!" from the '52 Gioconda recording.

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