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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Lakmé by Léo Delibes, which has that one beautiful aria.
    I'd say one bravura aria and one beautiful duet.
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    The Maid of Orléans, “Tak chas nastal,” as sung by Irina Arkhipova on a Melodya highlight LP which I wore out. Then, decades later, I saw the opera and was disappointed. The aria was still as fascinating (now sung by Dolora Zajic), but the rest of the opera...
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    La Wally. I only recall the aria Ebben, ne andrò lontana from this opera and have never seen it onstage. The one recording I’ve heard was a dim live Tebaldi one, years and ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    La Wally. I only recall the aria Ebben, ne andrò lontana from this opera and have never seen it onstage. The one recording I’ve heard was a dim live Tebaldi one, years and ago.
    Yes, I would pretty much agree with this, although the orchestral passages (intermezzi and preludes) have something to recommend them.

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    Flamen perdonami from Lodoletta (but I can still enjoy the rest of the opera to a certain degree).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    La Wally. I only recall the aria Ebben, ne andrò lontana from this opera and have never seen it onstage. The one recording I’ve heard was a dim live Tebaldi one, years and ago.
    Bang on. I did get the Tebaldi studio recording (many years ago on LP) on the strength of that aria. What a disappointment! I probably only listened to it once or twice. No idea what Toscanini saw in it. He named his daughter after it, if you remember.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Lakmé, Pearl Fishers, Abduction from the Seraglio, Cosi fan Tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Martha, usw. There are more but I’ve started enough fires!
    I want to know which single aria from each opera.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I want to know which single aria from each opera.
    I shall endeavour to comply with your request.

    Lakmé - Flower Duet
    Pearl Fishers - Au fond du temple saint
    Seraglio - oh, wie will ich triumphieren
    Lucia - Mad Scene
    Norma - Casta Diva
    Martha - Letzte Rose

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    On a related note, what about Operas You Like Without Any Single Likeable Aria?

    *Cough*Das Rheingold*Cough*
    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    I would hate to say that I only like a certain opera for one aria since my opinion of the opera could change upon further listening, but a possibility here is Rigoletto. I like "La donna è mobile", but the other parts of the opera I've heard are musically uninteresting to me. Plus, the morbid plot doesn't help.
    Rigoletto is one of my favorite operas (and the favorite Verdi opera). It is the most musically progressive and interesting opera Verdi ever wrote.
    I suggest you re-listen to the first act duet starting at "Ah, veglia, o donna, questo fiore"; the third act quartet "Bella figlia dell’amore" or Gilda's death scene from "Lassù in cielo" which may change your opinion.
    Also technically "La donna è mobile" is not an aria but a canzone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I shall endeavour to comply with your request.

    Lakmé - Flower Duet
    Pearl Fishers - Au fond du temple saint
    Seraglio - oh, wie will ich triumphieren
    Lucia - Mad Scene
    Norma - Casta Diva
    Martha - Letzte Rose

    I might agree with you on Martha, but not on any of the others.

    I couldn't live without Norma. Even Wagner loved it.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I might agree with you on Martha, but not on any of the others.

    I couldn't live without Norma. Even Wagner loved it.
    Even Homer nodded!
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Even Homer nodded!
    Incidentally, there's more to Lakmé than the (in)famous Flower Duet. I wouldn't say it's one of my favourite operas, but I rather enjoyed it recently when I listened to the Lombard recording with Mady Mesplé, which is much better than the Sutherland one.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Incidentally, there's more to Lakmé than the (in)famous Flower Duet. I wouldn't say it's one of my favourite operas, but I rather enjoyed it recently when I listened to the Lombard recording with Mady Mesplé, which is much better than the Sutherland one.
    I also prefer the more recent Natalie Dessay recording. But I'm not much of a Sutherland fan.
    Alan

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    I just bought a Callas 6 disc set of Arias so I'll be getting familiar with a lot of them. But normally I prefer to listen to the complete operas.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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