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Subject: Re: Patti Smith's 5 Favorite Operas
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:28:28 -0600
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I due Foscari, Trovatore, Nabucco, Il Pirata, Tosca

Patrick Byrne
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On Jan 23, 2017, at 9:14 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Not only is it the second time this thread has surfaced (unwound?) in
> the last couple of months, it is undeniably a perennial favourite.
> Isn't it more fun to read the postings of those who participate than
> of those who refuse to?   The
> number of nominations that most of us agree on is always revealing, and I
> am especially struck, this time, by a certain lack of enthusiasm for
> much of Verdi's output, compared with Puccini and Wagner.
> 
> I think it is perfectly possible to have a single favourite, which has
> often been
> a fascinating topic as well.  It doesn't mean that one never wants to
> hear anything else.
> 
> Mine is DIE MEISTERSINGER - when and if I have the time, otherwise, it
> just makes me feel good to think about it.
> 
> dtmk
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 AM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I don't have favorite operas. Or, conversely, I have so many I can't narrow it down to a
>> meaningless 5-item list. There's so much wonderful music out there - why do we have to
>> come up with such paltry little lists? For every opera I would mention, there would be so
>> many I would be leaving out. And there are many operas that I have come to appreciate
>> more and more over time that at one time I would have overlooked.
>> 
>> It's a pointless exercise, IMO. But I guess it's all too human to want to make lists, so there
>> we are. ;-)
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:11:12 -0500, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> This is an old game but I'll play again:
>>> 
>>> Any five by Wagner beginning with DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER
>>> 
>>> or
>>> 
>>> Any five by Puccini beginning with MANON LESCAUT
>>> 
>>> or
>>> 
>>> FAUST
>>> AIDA
>>> ANDREA CHENIER
>>> SAMSON ET DALILA
>>> DER ROSENKAVALIER
>>> 
>>> 
>>> dtmk
>>> 
>>> On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 12:51 AM, Genevieve Castle Room
>>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> My personal top 5 list, in no particular order:
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> --Hippolyte et Aricie
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> *--*Pelléas et Mélisande
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> --Boris Godounov [Rimsky-Korsakov 2nd edition, 1908]
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> --Die Frau ohne Schatten
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> --Mathis der Maler
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On Saturday, January 7, 2017, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> I too agree with Donald's assessment of Pinkerton. I have always winced a
>>>>> bit inside when I heard others call him evil.  The most that can be said is
>>>>> that he was an unthinking cad, not much different from any other sailor of
>>>>> the time and never really realizing down deep what possible problems he
>>>>> was causing to an innocent young girl smitten with him.
>>>>> When he discovered what he had wrought, he was very contrite and
>>>>> ashamed.  The tragedy was that it was too late.
>>>>> No, he was not evil.
>>>>> Iago!  Now there was evil!
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