A bunch of not so well known operas (101-150)
102 Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)
Haven’t heard this one yet.
103 Die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss)
Very lovely music. Will see it soon at ROH.
104 Hercules (Handel)
Mythologial thingamagig. Will get around to it one day.
105 Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc)
More nuns. One of the most hilariously serious sounding titles in opera. I have no idea what it sounds like but I’m sure it’s not about a talk show.
106 Lakmé (Delibes)
It’s British Airways’ fault, you know it.
107 Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Pretty cool writing for the voice.
108 Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet)
Do they sing whilst snorkeling?
109 Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky)
Just because I like Boris Godunov doesn’t mean I heard this one.
110 Billy Budd (Britten)
I heard it’s good. There’ll be a time for it. A propos of nothing, I keep passing by this Alfred Herring Weatherspoon’s.
111 Rinaldo (Handel)
Another leaf from the Orlando furioso, d’Este clan’s arse-kissing poem. Rinaldo (who is a minor character in the poem) is more straight forward than Alcina, but it’s got some damn good bravura arias, like Argante’s entrance Sibilar gli angui d’Aletto, his gal Armida’s Furie teribili and, lest we forget, Rinaldo’s own Venti, turbini. It’s got potential.
112 Doktor Faust (Busoni)
There are two reoccurring themes in opera: weddings and Il Faust. Is he a Dulcamara kind of Dr. or a Dr. Dre kind of Dr.?
113 Luisa Miller (Verdi)
First name, last name opera again, but it’s early Verdi so I should try it.
114 Die Gezeichneten (Schreker)
115 The Fiery Angel (Prokofiev)
fhdshgklgjfdkh. I did sit through 2 acts once. Reminds me of early black metal.
116 Alceste (Gluck)
I assume it’s good, since the two other reform ones are. Maybe it sucks.
117 Theodora (Handel)
The Christian theme actually puts me off.
118 Castor et Pollux (Rameau)
119 Thaïs (Massenet)
120 Les Boreades (Rameau)
French Baroque is like smelly cheese.
121 The Fairy Queen (Purcell)
Someday soon, I really like King Arthur. Although that might be like saying I should try Idomeneo because I like Die Zauberflote, haha.