Monday, June 10, 2013

List of Baroque Operas

Here is a list from Gramophone magazine of the 10 best Baroque operas.

Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie *
Handel Giulio Cesare in Egitto *
Purcell Dido and Aeneas *
Charpentier Médée *
Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea *
Purcell The Fairy Queen *
Vinci Artaserse *
Monteverdi L'Orfeo *
Vivaldi Orlando furioso *
Lully Thésée

I may never have heard an opera by Lully.  The asterisks refer to operas I have blogged about.  In addition to these I have blogged about...

Purcell's Dioclesian,
Handel's Rodelinda,  
Handel's Orlando,
Handels' Partenope,
Handel's Serse,
Handel's Rinaldo,
Handel's Ariodante,
Handel's Semele, not originally an opera,
Handel’s Alcina,
Handel's Theodora, not originally an opera,
Handel's Agrippina
Vivaldi's Griselda,
Cavalli's La Calisto,
Cavalli's Eliogabalo
Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, not originally an opera,
Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria,
Rameau's Platée
Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire
Rameau's Les Indes galante, an opéra-ballet,

I would like to nominate Griselda for worst Baroque opera.  This list is getting long.

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