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Overtures in Relation to Their Operas

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Sometimes, an overture is much better than the opera it is in front of. Other times, it will be representative of the opera or even worse than the rest of the opera.

What are some examples that stand out to you of either a major disparity in quality between the overture and entire opera or times when both are exquisite?
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Meistersingers Overture. Simply perfect not just as an overture but the way it leads into the first scene in the church.
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Some would say I Vespri Siciliani's overture is far better than the opera, although I think the opera is underrated.

La Forza Del Destino's overture is, for me, the best part of the opera by far!
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Great, another Vespri fan. I fail to understand why other people don't fully appreciate the typical Verdian tunefulness of this piece. The libretto may be somewhat rambling and the end anticlimatice, but the music is superb.

There is no piece that encapsulates Verdi's musical palate more than the Vespri Overture.
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