In a BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 2018 cover: “The 20 Greatest Operas” (fanfare). Immediately I had to look. To my surprise, the list included rarities like Janáček’s Jenůfa and less rare works like Wozzeck, but no French opera, few Puccini’s, a couple of Verdi’s, hardly any Bel Canto warhorses and amazingly (this being a British publication) no Britten!
Singers put together this list and, meaning no disrespect, singers know what they like – greatest or not – because they like to sing it. But nonetheless I was glad the list was not assembled by (horror!) critics.
Then I thought, why not ask the Facebook readers of Music for All Seasons, our followers on http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com and any Opera fans out there to put together their individual lists of not twenty but ten operas without which they could not live – a sort of desert island opera bucket list.
So here’s my list. No comments needed. This is MY list. Let’s see yours. Post your comments on Facebook and/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will select one list I like the best and offer a pair of complimentary tickets to our next concert at Peterloon to the “winner”.
Rafael’s List (in random order):
La traviata – Verdi
La boheme – Puccini
Fidelio – Beethoven
La cenerentola – Rossini
The Flying Dutchman – Wagner
Peter Grimes – Britten
The Consul – Menotti
Manon – Massenet
Don Giovanni – Mozart
Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky
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