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So I think:

Mozart should have composed Don Quixote and Candide
Verdi: Hamlet and The Robbers
Berlioz: Faust II
Britten: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Debussy: Phèdre
Janacek: Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment
Poulenc: Madame Bovary
Schoeneberg: anything by Kafka
 

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Janacek: Anna Karenina
He briefly considered it, actually:

Vogel said:
Between 5 and 29 January 1907 [Janacek] began writing an opera on [Anna Karenina] directly to a Russian text, intending it, it seems, for Russia. He may have put his hopes in that country after having been continually neglected at home. However, in spite of some interesting sketches, especially for the characters of Levin and Kitty, the work was left as a small fragment.
 

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Poulenc to have composed an opera about La Goulue - I think he would have been the man to capture the frivolous, carefree world of her heyday at the Moulin Rouge during La Belle Epoque (Toulouse-Lautrec would obviously feature in it as well) and also her sad decline into poverty and alcoholism when she tried and failed to strike out on her own.
 
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I don't think anyone has ever adapted a Charles Dickens novel. It seems like there would be a lot of opportunities there. Maybe A Tale of Two Cities? Or Great Expectations?

A different composer might also adapt Thomas Hardy. It seems to me that Tess would make a great tragic opera.
 

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I don't think anyone has ever adapted a Charles Dickens novel. It seems like there would be a lot of opportunities there. Maybe A Tale of Two Cities? Or Great Expectations?
I'm sure some of you gays would really get into them!

Kafka's Castle sounds like a good one: a man must strive for his destiny, even against seemingly insurmountable odds... and win!
 
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