As National Opera Week continues, we’re posing a question to readers of The MadOpera Blog: what’s your favorite opera? The conversation has already started on Facebook and Twitter (thanks to The Atlanta Opera), and now you can let us know in the comments section here.
I’d have to say that my favorite is Verdi’s Otello–so many breathtaking moments, which is what it’s all about in my book–but it could also easily be L’Orfeo (Monteverdi), Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Parsifal (Wagner), Salome (Strauss), Nixon in China (John Adams), or Orphee (Philip Glass).
It’s an impossible question, but your interest must be piqued now, so join the conversation in the spirit of Opera Week!
Interesting you should include Parsifal— I rarely hear it mentioned among anyone's favorite operas, but it is my number 1. The music and the drama are equally absorbing, and it certainly has its share of big moments (for example, the Good Friday Music, which is sublime beyond description.)
Close behind would be Fidelio (Beethoven), Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss), Rusalka (Dvorak), Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), Akhnaten (Glass), Turandot (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Wagner), in no particular order….