Saxy, if there was only one opera you could ever hear(or see - opera really is best when watched), it's......it's...... TURANDOT!!!
Actually, there are several good operas which serve as good introductions for the novice, if you will. The shows Shap mentioned are excellent(obviously a Bizet fan), and the shows H.R.H. mentioned are as well. In addition, Le Nozze di Figaro
(The Marriage of Figaro), La Boheme
, Madama Butterfly
, Lucia di Lammermoore
, and La Traviata
are good ones, off the top of my head. However, I'm a rabid Puccini fan, and don't particularly care for Verdi, as a rule(hi, GC), so, like anything else, opinions vary.
Whenever you do listen to, or better yet, see
an opera, I urge you to read the synopsis first to familiarize yourself with the story. Now, be prepared, the stories are not particularly good as a rule, but they enhance the experience, you then being able to discern just what the singers are getting all worked up about.
I enjoy watching a good opera almost as much as performing in one.
<small>[ 09-02-2004, 08:43 PM: Message edited by: OperaTenor ]</small>