The mere existence of such works as Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
is sufficient justification for Western civilization.
The Encylopedia Britannica
There is an excellent summer opera in upstate NY, the
My favorite operas
Out of the 50+ opera recordings I have, these are some that I like to
listen to on a regular basis.
- Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
- Magic Flute, Mozart
- La Traviata, Verdi
- Three Penny Opera, Weill
- Idomeneo, Mozart
- Macbeth, Verdi
I have two recordings that I truly cherish. They are:
- La Traviata, 1964 recording issued by the Gala label. Herbert von
Karajan conducting, Anna Moffo et al singing. This is a live recording. You
hear people knocking over microphones and such, but it is a rather
good live recording. Whenever listening to this recording, I feel I am
right there in the audience. Furthermore, it is just a great performance.
- The Threepenny Opera, Brueckner-Rueggeberger conduction, Lotte
Lenya et al singing. This is a studio recording. The Penguin guide
complained about Lenya's voice but I don't agree. This is a satirical
opera, which I think is supposed to be sung by singers who
traditionally sang in nightclubs and such. I should mention though
that I am a fluent speaker of the german language and that I enjoy
german operas that are sung with a proper accent.