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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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There is no piece that encapsulates Verdi's musical palate more than the Vespri Overture.
The overture is fine, after that, waiting for hours to come to " Merce, Dilette Amiche"
Mefistofele, Mefistofele, Mefistofele (It wouldn't allow me to put it in once!)
Beautiful opera, lots of drama ( my humble opinion)
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