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Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:50:47 AM »
Any composer who has written even one single opera, counts.

My current list:

Richard Wagner
Giacomo Puccini
Giuseppe Verdi
Richard Strauss
Claude Debussy
Hector Berlioz
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Carl Maria von Weber
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 05:11:49 AM »
In no particular order other than Wagner up the top.....

Wagner
Britten
Puccini
Berg
Ligeti
Brett Dean
Sciarrino
Mozart
Monteverdi
Strauss

Although if I had more choices I'd also include Schoenberg, Vivaldi, Handel, Charpentier, Rameau and Verdi.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 05:14:49 AM »
Wagner
Verdi
Mozart
Zemlinsky
R. Strauss
Puccini
Janáček
Vaughan Williams
Haydn
Korngold
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 05:17:40 AM »
Berlioz
Saint-Saens
Dvorak
Janacek
Prokofiev
Shostakovich
Kutavicius
Lachenmann
Shields
Means

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 05:21:02 AM »
Monteverdi
Lully
Rameau
Gluck
Mozart
R.Strauss
Tchaikovsky
Mussorgsky
Verdi
Berg

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 05:45:26 AM »
Sort of by order of preference.  Except for Mondonville and Ibert, I have seen live performance of one or more operas composed by these composers.

Mozart
Verdi
Puccini
Mussorsky
Wagner
Donizzetti
Bellini
Poulenc
Gounod
Massenet
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Supplementary list
Prokofiev
Strauss
Debussy
Bizet
Meyerbeer
Saint Saens
Rimsky-Korsakov
Tchaikovsky
Rameau
Monteverdi
Haendel
Ibert
Beethoven
Berg
Martinu
Britten
Berlioz
Gluck
Lully
Mondonville
Rossini
Offenbach
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Composers whose operas I listen to occasionnally but would probably not pay a ticket for a live performance

Schoenberg
Haydn
Bartok
Janacek
Dvorak
Shostakovich
Enescu
Johann-Christian Bach
Charles Gretry



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 06:42:59 AM »
Bartok, Bluebeard's Castle (bizarre & powerful, the only opera I like as a whole)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 08:26:28 AM »
Perhaps these ten for me?

Monteverdi
Mozart
Weber
Wagner
Mussorgsky
Debussy
Schoenberg
Berg
Britten
Henze
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 09:39:20 AM »
Bartók
Berg
Britten
Janáček
Prokofiev
Rimsky-Korsakov
Schoenberg
Shostakovich
R. Strauss
Verdi

Runners-up:

Debussy
Henze
Hindemith
Lachenmann
Mazzoli
Neuwirth
Puccini
Schreker
Tchaikovsky
Wagner

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2017, 10:16:14 AM »
Bartók
Berg
Britten
Janáček
Prokofiev
Rimsky-Korsakov
Schoenberg
Shostakovich
R. Strauss
Verdi

Runners-up:

Debussy
Henze
Hindemith
Lachenmann
Mazzoli
Neuwirth
Puccini
Schreker
Tchaikovsky
Wagner

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2017, 10:22:47 AM »
My list might be:

Offenbach
Donizetti
Verdi
Monteverdi
Humperdinck
Puccini
Mozart
Britten
Rimsky-Korsakov

That leaves one to go. I would choose Bizet from (though ask on another day and I may say Lehar):
Rossini
Bellini
Saint-Saens
R Strauss
Bizet
Lehar
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2017, 02:38:07 PM »
Berg
Mozart
R.Strauss
Wagner
Monteverdi
Rameau
Purcell
Glass
Prokofiev
Puccini



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2017, 02:48:40 PM »
Nothing much out of the ordinary in my list.
In no real order
Wagner
Mozart
Verdi
Bellini
Donizetti
Puccini
Britten
R Strauss
Ravel
Rossini

On at least some days, Handel would make the list in place of Britten or Ravel.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2017, 07:30:10 PM »
Wagner
Mozart

Berg
Debussy
Monteverdi
Mussorgsky
Puccini
Rossini
Verdi

Too many candidates for the 10th place...


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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2017, 07:38:18 PM »
I’m not a huge opera fan, but here goes nothing:

Bartók
Ravel
Janáček
Shostakovich
Berg
Schoenberg
Debussy
Szymanowski
Britten
Martinů
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2017, 09:22:51 PM »
Monteverdi
Mozart
Weber
Wagner
Mussorgsky
Busoni
Szymanowski
Saariaho

Last two: undecided. Candidates are Rameau, Purcell, Händel, Bellini, Donizetti (well, some of them), Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Janacek, Rachmaninov.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2017, 11:09:37 PM »
In chronological order

Vivaldi
Handel
Mozart
Weber
Rossini
Donizetti
Bellini
Verdi
Bizet
Puccini

Other composers who wrote at least one opera I thoroughly enjoyed: Cesti, Mondonville, Rameau, Cimarosa, Galuppi, Haydn, Federico Ricci, Flotow, Gounod, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, R. Strauss
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2017, 11:55:42 PM »
Chronologically:

Monteverdi
Wagner
Bartok
Stravinsky
Janacek
Penderecki
Ligeti
Kagel
Stockhausen

I can't think of the rest  :-[

Possibly Berg or Busoni, but there was one in particular that I really got into a few weeks ago, tryna remember....  ::)
What Janacek opera should do you recommend? Also.......are you a Wagner fan at all?

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2017, 12:54:01 AM »
For Janacek:   From The House Of The Dead, The Excursions of Mr. Brouček


Of course I love Wagner....why else did I put him on my list???  ::)

Well I am an idiot for not seeing the Wagner on the list! :laugh: There is a Boulez-conducted DVD of From the House of the Dead which I haven't seen.........hmmmmmmm......my bank account is currently aching a bit though

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Opera Composers
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2017, 06:44:59 AM »
Well I am an idiot for not seeing the Wagner on the list! :laugh: There is a Boulez-conducted DVD of From the House of the Dead which I haven't seen.........hmmmmmmm......my bank account is currently aching a bit though

DO IT.  Chereau's production is great as well.  I feel stupid for forgetting Janacek yesterday when making my list, as he certainly was an excellent opera composer.
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