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It struck me the fact that when we speak and think about opera we first think about arias, duos, trios, etc, about our dearest soloist singers, primas, etc but CORO is such an indispensable part of any opera at least traditional opera ( well, now no talk about singspiel and other different types;))

and I find them wonderful, in many operas they play different functions from commenting the action to being a moving engine of very same action. It's very interesting if we think about chorus as a character of opera - non-personified character ( not in a sense of how many characters are in a chorus, but in a pure sense of chorus itself as being a character of an opera as such ).

well, your comments and your favorite choruses from operas or may be operas you are listening now are welcome:)
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My favorite chorus in Il trovatore is not the Anvil Chorus, but rather the chorus of Di Luna's men right before they drag in Azucena.
Oooh. I do love Or Co Dadi, mi fra Poco and in fact the work of the chorus in Il Trovatore is flawless on Verdi's part throughout . My personal favourite might not strictly be a chorus chorus but is by far my favourite piece with choral work in all of Verdi (and overall in opera as well) as it's just so cleverly done

I really don't know how Verdi managed to put sarcasm so exactly into musical form but he did. Other parts of Un Ballo in Maschera have great choral moments as well Verdi really had a great grasp on Choruses. Of the Verdi operas I have seen so far I don't think there is a weak choral moment in them at all.
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