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top ten posts on ‘operatoonity’ in 2012

Operatoonity's Top TenWhy did viewers stop in on this blog in 2012? What posts did they read most in the past year?

Would it surprise you to know of the nearly 111,000 visitors to this blog in 2012, that, far and away, most were seeking a definitive list of top classical singers in the world today? Divas, then divos?

Frankly, I am not in the least bit startled by this news.

There are so few definitive “talent” lists around. And I should know. I searched feverishly for such a list not too long ago. That’s why I compiled  mine –I couldn’t find any good/current list of opera singers myself.

Not surprisingly, people continue to chime in on who should and shouldn’t have made these lists.  I knew each was an imperfect instrument when I compiled it, and I honestly think it’s time to upgrade each one, since the best talents in the operasphere can change or fade in a matter of only years. We are talking about the most delicate and sometimes most frail of instruments–the human voice–after all.

Other top topics were top tenors, best operas, and the beloved composers Puccini and Mozart.

Here then, according to my site stats, are the titles of the most-viewed posts and their visit numbers in 2012:

Title Views
best opera singers in the world today – female 29,375
best opera singers in the world today – male 22,212
today’s top tenors 9,829
get with it, NYC, says M.C. Hammer-bee 1,469
on Carmen’s anniversary, we celebrate its arias 726
100 greatest operas . . . really? 686
don’t quote me . . . 650
Puccini’s best opera? 524
what makes a great tenor? 514
Mozart, the ultimate cross-trainer 464
contemporary opera? modern opera? define, please 464

 

How about you? Why did you stop in on “Operatoonity”? Did you find what you were looking for this year?

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What is your favorite Verdi opera?

October is Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday month. We’re celebrating the 19th Century Italian composer and his works all month long on this blog.

Some consider Verdi the Shakespeare of opera–in which case, one month hardly seems sufficient time for commemoration. Actually writer Marion Lignana Rosenberg is already preparing for Verdi’s birth year in 2013 right now via her blog Verdi Duecento.

Bavarian State Opera will present Verdi's Luisa Miller in 2012

At least twelve of Verdi’s twenty-eight operas constitute the backbone of today’s opera repertoire–worldwide. According to Bachtrack, the world’s best way to find live classical performance, there will be more than 400 performances of Verdi operas by major houses worldwide through 2012.

Do you have a favorite Verdi opera? If your favorite appears below, feel free to take the poll:



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