Bellini and Donizetti. I can accept that the occasional aria is pretty or exciting, but it still feels like a long time to wait for them. And a lot to give up, compared to more eventful music. I miss non-stereotypical accompaniment patterns. And counterpoint. And harmonic motion. And inventive textures and orchestration.
With the exception of the "Casta diva", I frequently marvel at singers who are able to remember Bellini's music long enough to sing it. Jon, it sounds as if what you don't like is bel canto
opera in general, with its diminishing of the orchestration -- well, of everything, actually, that might distract from the singing. You must love Gluck.
Didn't Foroni's Cristina
pop up in a Musical Jeopardy question once? Sounds familiar.