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Friday, April 2, 2010

What Should I See First?

The garret set from Act I of La bohéme.
Photo © Johan Elbers, 2008

Reposted from my page at

One question that gets asked frequently by people new to the world of opera is:
"What should I see first?"
(The second is: "Are they all six hours long?")
Here's a quick look at five (relatively short) operas to get you started.

Five "Starter" Operas

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