Weinberger, Schwanda the Bagpiper
Saariaho, L'Amour de Loin
Verdi, Re Lear
Dukas, Ariane et Barbe-Bleu
Ades, The Tempest
Respighi, La fiamma
Puccini, La Fanciulla del West
Berlioz, Les Troyens
Schreker, Der ferne Klang
Szymanowski, King Roger
Ponchielli, La Gioconda
Hermann, Wuthering Heights
Marschner, Der Vampyr (in honor of the day)
2) What five pieces would you most like to hear performed?
Saint-Saens, Organ Symphony
Messiaen, Des canyons aux etoiles
Sibelius, Eighth Symphony
Carter, String quartet (any)
Dufay, mass (any)
3) What five living performers would you most like to meet?
4) What five living composers would you most like to meet?
"Meet" isn't the right word, but I'd like to see Harold Shapero again. Perhaps there's a plane ticket to Boston in my future.
5) What five living musicians (composers, performers, writers, scholars, etc) would you most like to play three-on-three basketball with/against?
All the combinations I'm coming up with are too darned mean. However, I agree with Elaine Fine that it would be good to have Taruskin on one's side.
Update: All right, all right, I can't resist: my favorite face-off doesn't include me. I like Boulez, Babbit, and Carter vs. Saariaho, Salonen, and Lindberg, at least if it's something less strenuous than basketball. I'd like Carter to make it to 100....