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    Title says it all folks!

    Now I love a good opera, the emotional satisfaction after experiencing a good performance of a good work is hard to beat

    However I do love a good catchy operetta, something about the lively melodies, sparkling waltzes and hummable vocal lines.

    Now I have a modest collection, but I find it difficult to discover truly great operettas.

    So the answer? Create a thread and hopefully get some love shown to opera's little sibling!

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    To get the ball rolling my big discovery of 2019 was Gilbert and Sullivan!

    Shocking I know, but growing up the common opinion was one of ridicule and naffness. But I took the plunge with Yeoman of the Guard at first and discovered great music combined with very funny and witty lines.

    I was thrilled to have new works to listen to, enjoy and laugh at! The benefit to being in my native tongue and culture as opposed to the wonderful German works I normally listen to. My wallet was not happy.

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    i own 'HMS Pinafore' dvd, good production -


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    I wouldn't want a diet of it, and I prefer the operettas of Strauss, Lehar and Offenbach to those of Gilbert and Sullivan. Love all the Schwarzkopf recordings and this operetta recital has to be one of the greatest ever made.

    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    I do love the EMI operetta recordings!

    The Schwarzkopf Merry Widow is one of my all time favourite recordings!

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    I have dabbled here and there over the years - I have some works by the usual suspects (Strauss II, Lehár, Offenbach) and enjoy them, but haven't delved further as different listening priorities tend to occupy most of my time. Unfortunately Sullivan has always left me cold.
    '...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).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    This is a good one, from London, with the definitive farewell performance from Dame Joan Sutherland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I have dabbled here and there over the years - I have some works by the usual suspects (Strauss II, Lehár, Offenbach) and enjoy them, but haven't delved further as different listening priorities tend to occupy most of my time. Unfortunately Sullivan has always left me cold.
    I love Strauss II, one of my all time favourite composers as I love his dance music as well as his operettas.

    Offenbach I am always a bit on the fence about. I love orpheus in the underworld but my preferred version is the EMI recording sung in german

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxxyxxz View Post
    I love Strauss II, one of my all time favourite composers as I love his dance music as well as his operettas.

    Offenbach I am always a bit on the fence about. I love orpheus in the underworld but my preferred version is the EMI recording sung in german
    My father was an amateur conductor, who conducted for many of the local operatic societies. Offenbach was his absolute favourite composer and he got to to conduct La belle Hélène, Orphée aux enfers and La vie parisienne. As a teenager, I was one of the dancers in the latter two (shortly before I turned professional), which might explain why I like Offenbach so much.

    I like Orpheus, particularly Plasson's recording. I can't really cope with Offenbach in German. My absolute favourite Offenbach operetta, though, is La vie parisienne and, yet again, it is Plasson's recording I like the best.

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    Maybe I should give Plasson ago, I do struggle with french though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxxyxxz View Post
    Maybe I should give Plasson ago, I do struggle with french though.
    I love the French language. I was once quite fluent and was told, by Parisians no less, that my accent was excellent. I'm a bit rusty now though, as I haven't spoken it for many years. That said, when following the libretto of an opera in French I find I rarely need to consult the English translation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    My father was an amateur conductor, who conducted for many of the local operatic societies. Offenbach was his absolute favourite composer and he got to to conduct La belle Hélène, Orphée aux enfers and La vie parisienne. As a teenager, I was one of the dancers in the latter two (shortly before I turned professional), which might explain why I like Offenbach so much.

    I like Orpheus, particularly Plasson's recording. I can't really cope with Offenbach in German. My absolute favourite Offenbach operetta, though, is La vie parisienne and, yet again, it is Plasson's recording I like the best.

    This would be my preferred next step with Offenbach - pity it's out of print!
    '...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).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    This would be my preferred next step with Offenbach - pity it's out of print!
    So it would seem. What a shame!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    My absolute favourite Offenbach operetta, though, is La vie parisienne and, yet again, it is Plasson's recording I like the best.
    that one recording is nothing special, and shame about some of its vocals too.

    i'd suggest going with a dvd La Vie Parisienne, for that matter -





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    I love that Plasson Vie Parisienne and whilst I'm not as fond of French opera as some, I do like French comic musical works.

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