172 of World’s Greatest Singers Pick Mozart Opera As Greatest Ever

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What is the greatest opera of all time? Everyone has his or her own opinions but a recent poll of 172 of the world’s greatest singers has yielded a consensus – Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

The poll included such stars as tenor/baritone Plácido Domingo, sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa and Renée Fleming and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, among others, and was conducted by BBC Music Magazine.

“’The Marriage of Figaro’ is such a human portrait’ said Fleming, who sang the role of the Countess Almaviva. “No matter how many times I sing this opera I am always completely stunned how little people have changed since Mozart’s time, in terms of relationships and the maneuvering they do.”

Soprano Dame Felicity Lott was ecstatic about the opera’s “sublime and well-drawn characters,” while bass-baritone Gerald Finley noted the opera was “a singer’s rite of passage.”

Other operas in the top 20 include “Don Giovanni,” “La Bohème,” and “Tosca.” “Peter Grimes” was fifth and “Wozzeck” was fourth.

“Le Nozze di Figaro” had its world premiere on May 1, 1786, and was the first of three collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte.


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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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