Three, or perhaps four
24 July 2006
While I generally rush to defend opera to those who criticize, I would like to sharply limit the number of composers in the operatic canon. While the Standard Operatic Repetory includes many fine works. I would be content with Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and on good days (either mine or theirs), Wagner and Donizetti for 1/2 each. Oh, and only Gilbert & Sullivan would be allowed to perform in English. Period.
Well, let’s have some debate on the subject! For references, see OperaGlass.