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    Quote Originally Posted by spamtar View Post
    Der Ring des Nibelungen - Wagner (especially Götterdämmerung)

    Here is a small taste YouTube - Gotterdammerung Finale
    George Solti... Birgit Nilsson... you, Spamtar, have got great taste.

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    Does operetta count? From G&S, Pirates of Penzance...[YOUTUBE="iSloW2coCDQ"]I am the very model of a modern major-general[/YOUTUBE]
    It certainly does.

    I love that aria... so delightfully upbeat.

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    In this excerpt from Gaetano Donizetti's opera Maria Stuarda, Elisabetta (Elizabeth I) mocks, insults and condescends to her prisoner, Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots), who then snaps and bawls out the 'heretic usurper'.

    *Maria's invective starts at 4:57mins.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2mOHVHmsFE&feature=related"]Confrontation Scene from Maria Stuarda[/YOUTUBE]

    Figlia impura di Bolena, parli tu di disonore?
    Impure daughter of Anne Boleyn, you dare speak of dishonour?

    Meretrice indegna oscena, su te cada il mio rossore!
    Unworthy, obscene harlot, I can only blush for you!

    Profanato è il soglio inglese, vil bastarda, dal tuo piè!
    Profaned is the English soil, vile bastard, by your foot!

    EDIT: Not historically accurate, of course, but opera rarely is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    What's:

    1. Your favourite opera
    2. Your favourite composer
    3. Your favourite artists

    Or you could answer just one of the above. I love comparing my favourites with other aficionados!
    1) probably Attila
    2) Rossini, followed closely by Verdi and Massenet
    3) Dame Joan Sutherland, hands down
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    Quote Originally Posted by aguanile View Post
    1. Die Zauberflote (favorite for the music and the action, keeps my interest)
    2. Mozart (perfection)
    3. Fleming, Pav (I really don't think there is a more perfect Tenor), Florez, Te Kanawa, Hvorostovsky, D'arcangelo, Bartoli, Price, Tebaldi, Sills, Sutherland, Moffo, Latonia Moore, Simionato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    1) probably Attila
    2) Rossini, followed closely by Verdi and Massenet
    3) Dame Joan Sutherland, hands down
    Which of Rossini's & Verdi's works do you most enjoy? Personally, I can't get enough of Verdi's Macbeth. Contains one of my favourite fictional characters of all time; the Lady Macbeth. She's so deligthfully evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    Which of Rossini's & Verdi's works do you most enjoy? Personally, I can't get enough of Verdi's Macbeth. Contains one of my favourite fictional characters of all time; the Lady Macbeth. She's so deligthfully evil.
    Rossini:
    - Semiramide
    - Maometto Secondo
    - Il Barbiere
    - l'Italiana in Algeri

    Verdi:
    - Attila
    - Simon Boccanegra
    - Rigoletto
    - Nabucco
    - Lady Macbeth (especially sung by Callas, omg! )

    overall I like the more dramatic/tragic bel canto the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    Rossini:
    - Semiramide
    - Marilyn Horne / Joan Sutherland, right?

    - Maometto Secondo
    Never heard of this one; is it staged nowadays?

    - Rigoletto
    Saw it live in Europe with a stellar cast. *happy sigh*

    - Lady Macbeth (especially sung by Callas, omg! )
    Indeed! Callas or Shirley Verrett. After those two, I just can't see anyone else in that role. They kick ass and take names. Woah!

    overall I like the more dramatic/tragic bel canto the best.
    I guess Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor would be right up your alley then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    - Marilyn Horne / Joan Sutherland, right?
    as a die hard Sutherland fan, you would have been right 99 times out of 100, but in this particular instance, my favorite is June Anderson/Marilyn Horne/Samuel Ramey


    Never heard of this one; is it staged nowadays?



    Saw it live in Europe with a stellar cast. *happy sigh*
    I've only heard recordings. Sutherland/Milnes is my favorite


    Indeed! Callas or Shirley Verrett. After those two, I just can't see anyone else in that role. They kick ass and take names. Woah!




    I guess Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor would be right up your alley then?
    YES! along with
    - Lucrezia Borgia
    - Maria Stuarda
    - Beatrice di Tenda
    - Ernani
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post

    I find myself deeply enjoying this aria. Ramey has a remarkable bel canto technique. And I like how you can 'hear' Rossini throughout the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    I find myself deeply enjoying this aria. Ramey has a remarkable bel canto technique. And I like how you can 'hear' Rossini throughout the thing.
    that thing that you "hear" is precisely why Rossini is my favorite composer, despite most of my favorite operas being Verdi.
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