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Is There An Opera You Changed Your MInd About?

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I saw Rigoletto 20 years ago before I was into men's voices and was sort of ho hum about it even though the singers were fine. I always liked Caro Nome but that was about it. I was given a lp boxed set a year ago and it sort of languished at the back of the pile until I got my new turntable and decided to try it. I am glad I waited as doing the contests has made me appreciate male voices so much more. Now I really love Rigoletto ( I have the one with the gorgeous voiced Milnes, Pavarotti and Sutherland). Not just the singing but the orchestration is so very beautiful. The story doesn't appeal to me so much but the music is so gorgeous it definitely has become a favorite of mine. The weaving over the voices in the first scene is exquisite and exciting and that duet between father and daughter is so gloriously beautiful! It also helped a lot that I have started following along with a libretto of late when I listened to music since I have them with lp sets. Have you changed your mind about an opera over the years?
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First thing that pops up in my mind: Carmen!
I worked on a (not brilliant) production of it when I was very young. Took me a few decades to get over that.
Now I find it incredibly interesting.
Georges, will you please accept my sincere apologies?
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It's been my misfortune that an increasing appreciation of Verdi and his Italian predecessors Donizetti and Bellini has coincided with an increasing absence of people who can sing them as they need to be sung.
I love the way you put that. That is why so much of opera is about the past for me because for me most of the opera I enjoy are from performances from 20 or most often much much more years in the past and a motivating reason for starting the thread you contributed to:True or False: Opera Largely Is About Nostalgia For the...
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I would probably say Idomeneo, although not as polished as Mozart's later operas there is more there than I perceived initially.
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