Originally Posted by hoodjem
Surprisingly, we seem to share many of the same tastes. I would rank my composers:
4. Des Prez
I am a big fan of Sibelius, Bruckner, and Vaughan Williams also. I do appreciate some Mozart, but mostly only the late stuff--from K. 475 on. The earlier music seems immaculately composed but not very deep to me. Die Zauberflöte and Fidelio, and maybe Othello are about the only operas I can stand. Unfortunately, almost every time I go somewhere I can get tickets to a quality opera production, it is of La Boheme. So I have seen that maybe 20 times--unfortunately.
This summer I shall see Rossini's The Barber of Seville in Vienna. We shall see . . .
You might enjoy lesser known operas more.
When my wife and I went to Paris, we enjoyed the production of Le Roi Malgre Lui by Chabrier, at the Opera Comique, with the Orchestre de Paris in the pit, much more than the big budget production at the Bastille.
And at the Met in New York we enjoyed Nabucco more than Trovatore.
Expect the unexpected.
But in the end, Bach and Beethoven are the tops.