Top 5 Operas. My favorite ones: Don GIovanni, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Turandot

Top 5 Operas. My favorite ones: Don GIovanni, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Turandot
Ignacio Zara

Don GIovanni, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Turandot. Today we are going to choose my 5 favorite operas of all time. As always, it’s my very personal opinion. They are just 5, I hope you understand I forget many important operas.

1.- Don Giovanni. W.A. Mozart

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

For me, Mozart is the best opera composer and I chose this work because –maybe- it’s his most important and perfect work.

S. Ramey & K. Moll “The Commendatore Scene” Don Giovanni

2.- La Traviata. G. Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi in 1876 by Ferdinand Mulnier

Giuseppe Verdi in 1876 by Ferdinand Mulnier

Verdi was a genius and I love his works but I have chosen this one because this is his most remembered work. And of course, we are going to listen the famous “brindisi”.

Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo – Brindisi from Traviata

3.- The Barber of Seville. G. Rossini

Gioachino Rossini, photographed by Étienne Carjat, 1865

Gioachino Rossini, photographed by Étienne Carjat, 1865

I must confess, I love Rossini and his overtures. This opera has a great one and the famous solo. Let’s listenthe overture of The Barber of Seville.

Gioachino Rossini : The Barber Of Seville – Overture

4.- Carmen. G. Bizet.

Georges Bizet in 1875

Georges Bizet in 1875

Always, one of the most played operas in the world. Everybody remembers Maria Calla’s playing l’amour c’est un oiseau rebelle. Unforgettable.

Maria Callas – L’amour est un oiseau rebelle – Habanera – Carmen – Bizet

5.- Turandot. Puccini

Puccini photographed in 1908

Puccini photographed in 1908

I’ve been looking for similar lists and nobody chose this one and that’s a pity. Maybe Turandot is not his best work but… I know Puccini didn’t finish this work but the aria is simply fantastic. Let’s remember it.

Luciano Pavarotti – Turandot – Puccini – Nessun dorma

Thanks for coming. See you tomorrow with another Top 5 list. Have a nice day

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