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The greatest Rachmaninov opera is:

Aleko
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The Miserly Knight
4 (80%)
Francesca da Rimini
1 (20%)

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Online AlberichUndHagen

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The Greatest Rachmaninov Opera
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:51:45 AM »
Rachmaninov's operas are not as well-known as his piano music but they are still of a very high quality. I included in my poll only the operas that he finished. I have no doubt that The Miserly Knight is the greatest one. It's greatly atmospheric and one of Russian opera's hidden gems.

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Re: The Greatest Rachmaninov Opera
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 10:56:48 AM »
Rachmaninov's operas are not as well-known as his piano music but they are still of a very high quality. I included in my poll only the operas that he finished. I have no doubt that The Miserly Knight is the greatest one. It's greatly atmospheric and one of Russian opera's hidden gems.


Yes!  It deserves to be performed much more often!  I used to have this recording from Melodiya:

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Re: The Greatest Rachmaninov Opera
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 07:15:30 PM »
I haven’t heard any of them in such a long time, but I remember The Miserly Knight being the one that impressed me the most.
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