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Princess Turandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-28-04 01:47 AM
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1. That's easy with opera...
so many were written which were never recorded in modern times, or recorded just once and not well publicized. Mascagni's opera 'Iris'..Verdi's Stiffelio, which after its premiere in 1850, didn't get revived until the late 1960's. The work fell afoul of critics, may have involved some censorship and got re-written by Verdi into a different opera called 'Aroldo'in which the tenor lead is recast from a Protestant minister to a real-life Crusader. The score was misplaced and it wasn't until the 1960's that what's thought to be a reasonably complete score was compiled. Phillips did a nice recording of it in the late 70's with Carreras in the tenor lead, and the Met did it in the '90's.

I like to 'collect' obscure operas by composers whom I like. Donizetti for example wrote 70+ operas, many of which have yet to be recorded. A British recording company called Opera Rara currently records these lesser known works by mostly Bel Canto composers, as well as operas by composers I've never heard of. They are pricey but nicely done.

Another lovely opera which is not performed much is Verdi's Nabucco.
The music is gorgeous, but the plot is virtually non-existant, so it isn't appealing to opera companies.
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