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Thread: Which Joan of Arc Opera Do You Prefer

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    Boston's Odyssey Opera 2017-18 season included four Joan of Arc works: by Tchaikovsky, Dello Joio, Honegger, and Verdi. The fifth opera of their season was also set in France but almost 100 years earlier, Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais (performing the complete 3-act version).

    This theming is not unusual for them. The company's 2018-19 season's three remaining operas are all on Helen of Troy: by Gluck, Strauss, and Offenbach.

    Their 2016-17 season focused on Oscar Wilde, with performances of Libermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Castelnuovo-Tedesco's The Importance of Being Earnest, and Zemlinksy's Der Zwerg. They also performed Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride, which satirizes a Wilde-like poet (not based on Wilde, but he played up the resemblance because it worked for him).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    Just to comment about another opera based on Joan of Arc, there is Walter Braunfels "Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna", with a good recording available:

    Good recording available, but not at a good price as far as I can see. Cheapest I find is 40 Euros. They go up, way up from there. If you know of a good price on this, PM me a link. I see it is available as a digital download (the better to avoid the immodest album cover) in a few countries but not the United States Amazon. I could buy it as a download from for $16.50 USD but Amazon says,

    To purchase music from the Digital Music Store, you must have an account, a UK billing address and a 1-Click payment method issued by a UK bank.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Dec-08-2018 at 05:06.
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