Monday 21 December 2015

Opera tally for 2015

I have again counted the operatic performances I have attended this year. The following includes concert performances, but gives only one point per evening; Il trittico counts as one, then, but so does Gianni Schicchi. I am not sure what, if anything, this shows beyond what it immediately claims. It clearly reflects my interests but just as clearly, perhaps more so, reflects what has been available. A horrendous year politically, which, more than any other I can remember, cried out for a staging, indeed multiple stagings, of Nono's Intolleranza, had none; alas, I could not stamp my foot and have it be otherwise. Puccini's ranking has, however, been most surprising to me over the past three years; it cannot be entirely explained by undoubted over-exposure from timid opera management. His companions, Mozart and Wagner, have remained identical. Strauss has come fourth, or joint fourth, in each of these years too.
5 Mozart, Puccini, Wagner

4 Strauss

2 Bartók, Peter Maxwell Davies, Debussy, Purcell, Tchaikovsky

1 Beethoven, Berg, Birtwistle, Bizet, Tansy Davies, Handel, Henze, Hindemith, Humperdinck, Monteverdi, Tarik O’Regan, Rihm, Matt Rogers, Luigi Rossi, Salieri, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Luke Styles, Szymanowski, Weill
By way of comparison, here are the figures, quite different, for 2014 and 2013:
13 Mozart

10 Wagner
9 Puccini
8 Strauss
2 Britten, Gluck, Birtwistle
1 Julian Anderson, Ferdinando Bertoni, Bizet, Borodin, Elspeth Brooke, Hunter Coblentz, Francisco Coll, Debussy, Dvořák, Søren Nils Eichberg, Luca Francesconi, Handel, Henze, Edwin Hillier, Janáček, Algirdas Kraunaitis, Frank Martin, Monteverdi, Lewis Murphy, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Rossini, Schoenberg, Schubert, Josephine Stephenson, Tippett, Weber
17 Wagner
7 Mozart

6 Puccini

3 Berg, Strauss

2 Benjamin, Birtwistle, Britten, Ravel

1 Gerald Barry, Beethoven, Bizet, Cavalli, Charpentier, Peter Maxwell Davies, Monteverdi, Olga Neuwirth, Offenbach, Purcell, Rossini, Johann Strauss, Turnage, Weber
(I shall hold off the equivalent for concert performances and combined opera/concert performances until 30 December, lest I jinx my attendance at my final Wigmore Hall date of the year. Ditto for my performances of the year.)