My TOP 10 favourite opera scenes.

I just thought I would share which scenes in opera trigger me to cry (either in joy or out of a sense of overwhelming musical tragedy), and encourage others to comment with their own favourites (mine are in no particular order).

1. Hector Berlioz: Finale to Act 2 of Les Troyens 

2. Antonin Dvorak: Xenie, rci slovo jedine (mourning sequence in act 4 of Dimitrij)

3. Giuseppe Verdi: Se pria ch’abbia il mezzo la notte toccato (the trio in act 3 of Rigoletto).

4: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Roi du ciel et des anges from act 3 of Le Prophete.

5. Pietro Mascagni: Inno del Sole from act 1 of Iris. 

6. Antonio Carlos Gomes: Finale of Il Guarany. 

7. Ferenc Erkel: Finale of Hunyadi Laszlo.

8. Zacharia Paliashvili: Finale of Abesalom da Eteri.  

9. Stanislaw Moniuszko: Finale of Halka. 

10. Bedrich Smetana: Finale to Libuše. (always end on a happy note!)