Today, I watched the live telecast from the Metropolitan of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. This is the first full opera I've ever watched, and I really enjoyed it, which really surprised me. The first act dragged a little bit (I actually fell asleep, but that was due more to me barely getting any sleep last night), but the rest was excellent. And, I was kind of dissapointed in the end. I mean, (SPOILER) no one even died. I thought people always died in operas (my grandmother informed me this was the first one she's seen where a character didn't die at the end). And, while I liked it, I want to see something a bit more traditional, or classic. The old west as a setting just doesn't scream opera to me.
The Met simulcasts these shows in a series throughout the year. The ones for the rest of the year are:
Adams’s Nixon in China
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Wagner’s Die Walküre
I guess a testament to my enjoyment is that I want to go back and see more. I really want to see Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Strauss’s Capriccio, and Wagner’s Die Walküre (though, this one scares me a little being 5 1/2 hours long and all--they had a shorter Wagner production earlier in the year that I missed. My grandmother said she didn't like it because it was so dark, which means I probably would have loved it.). I wouldn't mind seeing Verdi’s Il Trovatore, just because I've heard of Verdi.Adams’s Nixon in China sounds interesting (the music they played in the preview sounded cool), but story wise looks silly and ultimately uninteresting to me, so I'll probably skip that one. I have no interest in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor or Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.
So, what do you all think of opera. I know there has to be some opera watchers on this forum (I'm looking at you, StLukesGuild).
P.S. How is opera "general" music?