Operabase (wow!)

December 10, 2011

For those of you who are opera lovers, Operabase is an amazing resource of statistics about opera. For one who is writing his first grand opera, it was fascinating to see statistics on what are the most-performed operas, or composers in the world, or what country has more opera than any other. Pretty amazing stuff: I felt that after a while it reminded me of looking at sports statistics.

I was happy to read that Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” made it into the top 200 most-performed operas (#196). A sobering reality check for what it takes to actually get a work into the repertoire. But overall, it gives me the strong impression that opera is alive and well in the world.

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Lisa Hirsch December 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

A composer I know, a great admirer of Puccini, told me long ago that the entire opera is generated from the fugue. I have no further details, and that was before I became a fan of the opera. I could probably find his email address, if you’re curious.

Lisa Hirsch December 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

(Oh, for heaven’s sake. That was intended for your Butterfly posting, of course. Apologies.)

Roger Bourland December 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

So, it makes me wonder: was GP doing this to make sure everyone knew he has compositional chops, and was not just a Verdian oom-pah-pah composer (as his critics called him)?

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