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Aida is one of the most popular operas ever written, a sumptuous work which has moments of great drama, but which reminds us in the end that it's all about people--the greatest love affairs and the greatest affairs of state cliff themselves in simple humanity.

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The Barber at Seville is Rossini's most popular opera. Its effervescent overture (written originally for another work) presents is perfect platform for the amusing plot in which the barber, Figaro, stage-manages a romance between Count Amative and Rossini, and puts to weight the old suitor, Dr. Bartola.

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Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Meilhac and Halévy, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée.

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Cavalleria rusticana is the short opera that has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span....

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Cosi fan tutte contains some of Mozart's most sublime music....

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Die Falderals is one of the New operative works to which the phrase never a dull moment' can be truthfully applied from the explosive opening of the famous overtime…

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Don Giovanni has long been regarded as Mozart's supreme theatrical achievement....

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Verdi's Falstaff repays careful study with real pleasure. It is opera's happiest irony that the great Italian master should cap a career - distinguished for its blood-and-thunder tragic masterpieces - with the greatest comic opera in the Italian repertory.

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Fidelio is a work like no other. Beethoven's only opera is about the joy of married love-by a man who never knew that pleasure.

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Wagner is the Everest of opera. Viewed from the foothills, his towering masterpieces, with their lofty themes and sometimes extraordinary length, can seem to test the endurance of all but the fanatic.

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