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100 Greatest Operas

100 Greatest Operas
Criteria: Operas are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as
their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.


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Last Updated: 2011-06-28


  1. Der Ring des Nibelungen - Richard Wagner
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  2. Tristan Und Isolde - Richard Wagner
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  3. Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  4. Otello - Giuseppe Verdi
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  5. The Marriage of Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  6. Aida - Giuseppe Verdi
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  7. La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini
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  8. Madame Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini
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  9. Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss
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10. Parsifal - Richard Wagner
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11. Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky
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12. La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi
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13. Carmen - Georges Bizet
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14. Die Meistersinger - Richard Wagner
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15. The Magic Flute - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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16. Tosca - Giacomo Puccini
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17. Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi
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18. Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
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19. The Barber Of Seville - Gioacchino Rossini
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20. Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi
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21. Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni
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22. Turandot - Giacomo Puccini
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23. Faust - Charles Gounod
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24. Lohengrin - Richard Wagner
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25. Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten
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26. Norma - Vincenzo Bellini
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27. Tannhauser - Richard Wagner
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28. I Pagliacci - Rugierro Leoncavallo
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29. Pelleas and Mellisande - Claude Debussy
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30. Lucia Di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti
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31. Les Troyens - Hector Berlioz
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33. Elektra - Richard Strauss
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32. Cosi Fan Tutte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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33. Porgy & Bess - George Gershwin
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35. Fidelio - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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36. Eugene Onegin - Peter Illitch Tchaikovsky
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37. Wozzeck - Alban Berg
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38. Incoronazione di Poppea - Claudio Monteverdi
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49. Dido and Aneas - Henry Purcell
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40. Orpheus and Eurydice - Christoph Willibald Gluck
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41. Salome - Richard Strauss
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42. Der Freischutz - Carl Maria von Weber
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43. Don Carlos - Giuseppe Verdi
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44. Orfeo - Claudio Monteverdi
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45. The Cunning Little Vixen - Leos Janacek
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46. Tales of Hoffman - Jacques Offenbach
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47. Samson and Delilah - Camille Saint-Saens
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48. The Flying Dutchman - Richard Wagner
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49. Hansel and Gretel - Engelbert Humperdink
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50. La Gioconda - Amiliare Ponchielli
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51. The Rake's Progress - Igor Stravinsky
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52. Manon - Jules Massenet
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53. The Bartered Bride - Bedrich Smetana
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54. The Huguenots - Giacomo Meyerbeer
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55. La Forza Del Destino - Giuseppe Verdi
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56. Manon Lescaut - Giacomo Puccini
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57. Ariadne auf Naxos - Richard Strauss
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58. Romeo and Juliet - Charles Gounod
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59. L'Elisir D'Amore - Gaetano Donizetti
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60. Lakme - Leo Delibes
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61. Andre Chenier - Umberto Giordano
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62. Werther - Jules Massenet
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63. Don Pasquale - Gaetano Donizetti
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64. Jenufa - Leos Janacek
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65. Julius Caesar - Georg Friedrich Handel
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66. Turn of the Screw - Benjamin Britten
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67. La Sonnambula - Vincenzo Bellini
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68. Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Bela Bartok
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69. Iphigénie en Tauride - Christoph Willibald Gluck
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70. Louise - Gustave Charpentier
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71. La Cenerentola - Gioacchino Rossini
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72. Billy Budd - Benjamin Britten
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73. La Serva Padrona - Giovanni Pergolesi
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74. Semiramide - Gioacchino Rossini
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75. Doktor Faust - Ferruccio Busoni
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76. The Threepenny Opera - Kurt Weill
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77. Pique Dame - Peter Illitch Tchaikovsky
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78. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Benjamin Britten
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79. Khovanshina - Modest Mussorgsky
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80. Alceste - Christoph Willibald Gluck
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81. I Puritani - Vincenzo Bellini
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82. Castor et Pollux - Jean-Philippe Rameau
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83. The Masked Ball - Giuseppe Verdi
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84. Moses und Aron - Arnold Schoenberg
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85. McBeth - Giuseppe Verdi
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86. William Tell - Gioacchino Rossini
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87. Les Pecheurs des Perles - Georges Bizet
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88. Mefistofele - Arrigo Boito
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89. L'Africaine - Giacomo Meyerbeer
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90. La Fille du Regiment - Gaetano Donizetti
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91. Le Prophete - Giacomo Meyerbeer
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92. Le Coq D'or - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
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93. The Girl of the Golden West - Giacomo Puccini
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94. Die Tote Stadt - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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95. Ernani - Giuseppe Verdi
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96. The Abduction from the Seraglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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97. Dialogues des Carmelites - Frances Poulenc
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98. Einstein on the Beach - Philip Glass
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99. Idomeneo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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100. Kat'a Kabanova - Leos Janacek
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101. Il Matrimonio Segreto - Domenico Cimarosa
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102. Amahl and the Night Visitors - Gian Carlo Menotti
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103. Gianni Schicchi - Giacomo Puccini
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104. Alcina - Georg Friedrich Handel
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105. Palestrina - Hans Pfitzner
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106. Fra Diavolo - Daniel-Francois Auber
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107. L'Enfant et les Sortiges - Maurice Ravel
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108. Die Frau ohne Schatten - Richard Strauss
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109. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District - Dmitri Shostakovich
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110. Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor - Otto Nicolai
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111. Simon Boccanegra - Giuseppe Verdi
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112. Prince Igor - Alexander Borodin
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113. War and Peace - Sergei Prokofiev
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114. Beatrice et Benedict - Hector Berlioz
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115. Nabucco - Giuseppe Verdi
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116. Atys - Jean-Baptiste Lully
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117. Four Saints in Three Acts - Virgil Thomson
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118. Medee - Luigi Cherubini
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119. Martha - Friedrich von Flotow
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120. Adriana Lecouvreur - Francesco Cilea
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Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner


Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini


Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss



The Greatest Composers of Operas
  1. Richard Wagner
  2. Giuseppe Verdi
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  4. Giacomo Puccini
  5. Richard Strauss
  6. Gioacchino Rossini
  7. Gaetano Donizetti
  8. Benjamin Britten
  9. Vincenzo Bellini
10. Georges Bizet
11. Charles Gounod
12. Claudio Monteverdi
13. Christoph Willibald Gluck
14. Leos Janacek
15. Modest Mussorgsky

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