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raistlin65

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Looking for some recommendations of your favorites from the #1 Opera Album
https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-1-Opera-Album/release/5409292

My 78-year-old mother is losing her ability to use technology. So I have set her up a folder full of a few hundred songs on her laptop that streams to her bluetooth speaker and plays randomly from AIMP. She let me know yesterday she likes opera, as I had included a couple of songs by Andrea Bochelli. I have never really gotten into opera, so I ordered that album. I was hoping to pull together 15 or so out of that to add to her music selection.

BTW: I spend a lot of time curating the songs that I put in her music folder. I never realized until this week that Pat Boone was the Justin Bieber of the 1950s. I could have been just fine not getting to know his music. lol
 

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oLots of goodies here, so hard to pick. I have great memories of Nabucco heard in Italy so here's my vote.
 

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Any from that list are of course good choices. "La Boheme" by Puccini and "Carmen" by Bizet are wonderful, of course, and "accessible" to operatic newcomers. Really anything Puccini is good, I mean who does not like "Madame Butterfly". From there the world of opera is your oyster.
 

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My personal favorite is Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Carmen, Pagliacci, and Le Nozze di Figaro are also quite enjoyable. But really, all the names on that list are tops and very popular.
 

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1-19 for sure. The first opera that my parents saw together and the first one that I saw with my wife.
 

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Looking for some recommendations of your favorites from the #1 Opera Album
https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-1-Opera-Album/release/5409292

My 78-year-old mother is losing her ability to use technology. So I have set her up a folder full of a few hundred songs on her laptop that streams to her bluetooth speaker and plays randomly from AIMP. She let me know yesterday she likes opera, as I had included a couple of songs by Andrea Bochelli. g to know his music. lol

I would avoid any and all Boccelli completely (more serious opera fans heads would have exploded at just the thought of Boccelli's weak bleating being foisted on your poor unsuspecting Mater). He is not a good opera tenor. Not at all. His popularity is a sad indicator of the general decline of good singing.

If you want a "name" tenor, then Pavarotti is usually a good choice. He made some of the greatest opera recordings in stereo, for example La Boheme with Freni and Madama Butterfly with Freni again, both in excellent sound.

https://www.amazon.com/Puccini-Butterfly-Pavarotti-Karajan-S¨¦n¨¦cha/dp/B00FY3URBA/

https://www.amazon.com/Puccini-Boheme-Giacomo/dp/B0000041TD

A good place to start for recommendations is Ralph Moore (PDF):

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Aug/Opera_untouchables_survey.pdf

More here: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/Ralph_Moore.htm
 

Celty

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I would avoid any and all Boccelli completely (more serious opera fans heads would have exploded at just the thought of Boccelli's weak bleating being foisted on your poor unsuspecting Mater). He is not a good opera tenor. Not at all. His popularity is a sad indicator of the general decline of good singing.

If you want a "name" tenor, then Pavarotti is usually a good choice. He made some of the greatest opera recordings in stereo, for example La Boheme with Freni and Madama Butterfly with Freni again, both in excellent sound.

https://www.amazon.com/Puccini-Butterfly-Pavarotti-Karajan-S¨¦n¨¦cha/dp/B00FY3URBA/

https://www.amazon.com/Puccini-Boheme-Giacomo/dp/B0000041TD

A good place to start for recommendations is Ralph Moore (PDF):

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Aug/Opera_untouchables_survey.pdf

More here: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/Ralph_Moore.htm
I was fortunate enough to hear Pavarotti in concert, what a fantastic experience! It was his last tour, sadly.
 
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