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Most frequently staged operas

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Fascinating. I did always think that Boheme and Carmen were operas with more universal themes than, say, the Ring cycle.

It has seemed to me that SF Opera does Butterfly every other year, which disappoints me, because I really don't like that opera, but I suppose it pays bills, like Giselle pays bills, a ballet I really don't like.

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There are also more mundane considerations. Boheme has a small cast, its vocal demands are relatively mild, it can be staged cheaply, the theme is young love, how can you lose? :) It's ideal for smaller companies.

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Absolutely, I totally agree. It's a very good choice for all those reasons and it's a popular opera that most people have heard of.

there are many chamber operas out there that would also fit the criteria (i.e. Albert Herring) but they aren't as well known.

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