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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

  2. Tristan Und Isolde - Richard Wagner

  3. Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  4. Otello - Giuseppe Verdi

  5. The Marriage of Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  6. Aida - Giuseppe Verdi

  7. La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini

  8. Madame Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini

  9. Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss

10. Parsifal - Richard Wagner

11. Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky

12. La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi

13. Carmen - Georges Bizet

14. Die Meistersinger - Richard Wagner

15. The Magic Flute - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

16. Tosca - Giacomo Puccini

17. Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi

18. Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi

19. The Barber Of Seville - Gioacchino Rossini

20. Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi

21. Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni

22. Turandot - Giacomo Puccini

23. Faust - Charles Gounod

24. Lohengrin - Richard Wagner

25. Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten

26. Norma - Vincenzo Bellini

27. Tannhauser - Richard Wagner

28. I Pagliacci - Rugierro Leoncavallo

29. Pelleas and Mellisande - Claude Debussy

30. Lucia Di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti

31. Les Troyens - Hector Berlioz

33. Elektra - Richard Strauss

32. Cosi Fan Tutte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

33. Porgy & Bess - George Gershwin

35. Fidelio - Ludwig Van Beethoven

36. Eugene Onegin - Peter Illitch Tchaikovsky

37. Wozzeck - Alban Berg

38. Incoronazione di Poppea - Claudio Monteverdi

49. Dido and Aneas - Henry Purcell

40. Orpheus and Eurydice - Christoph Willibald Gluck

41. Salome - Richard Strauss

42. Der Freischutz - Carl Maria von Weber

43. Don Carlos - Giuseppe Verdi

44. Orfeo - Claudio Monteverdi

45. The Cunning Little Vixen - Leos Janacek

46. Tales of Hoffman - Jacques Offenbach

47. Samson and Delilah - Camille Saint-Saens

48. The Flying Dutchman - Richard Wagner

49. Hansel and Gretel - Engelbert Humperdink

50. La Gioconda - Amiliare Ponchielli

51. The Rake's Progress - Igor Stravinsky

52. Manon - Jules Massenet

53. The Bartered Bride - Bedrich Smetana

54. The Huguenots - Giacomo Meyerbeer

55. La Forza Del Destino - Giuseppe Verdi

56. Manon Lescaut - Giacomo Puccini

57. Ariadne auf Naxos - Richard Strauss

58. Romeo and Juliet - Charles Gounod

59. L'Elisir D'Amore - Gaetano Donizetti

60. Lakme - Leo Delibes

61. Andre Chenier - Umberto Giordano

62. Werther - Jules Massenet

63. Don Pasquale - Gaetano Donizetti

64. Jenufa - Leos Janacek

65. Julius Caesar - Georg Friedrich Handel

66. Turn of the Screw - Benjamin Britten

67. La Sonnambula - Vincenzo Bellini

68. Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Bela Bartok

69. Iphigénie en Tauride - Christoph Willibald Gluck

70. Louise - Gustave Charpentier

71. La Cenerentola - Gioacchino Rossini

72. Billy Budd - Benjamin Britten

73. La Serva Padrona - Giovanni Pergolesi

74. Semiramide - Gioacchino Rossini

75. Doktor Faust - Ferruccio Busoni

76. The Threepenny Opera - Kurt Weill

77. Pique Dame - Peter Illitch Tchaikovsky

78. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Benjamin Britten

79. Khovanshina - Modest Mussorgsky

80. Alceste - Christoph Willibald Gluck

81. I Puritani - Vincenzo Bellini

82. Castor et Pollux - Jean-Philippe Rameau

83. The Masked Ball - Giuseppe Verdi

84. Moses und Aron - Arnold Schoenberg

85. McBeth - Giuseppe Verdi

86. William Tell - Gioacchino Rossini

87. Les Pecheurs des Perles - Georges Bizet

88. Mefistofele - Arrigo Boito

89. L'Africaine - Giacomo Meyerbeer

90. La Fille du Regiment - Gaetano Donizetti

91. Le Prophete - Giacomo Meyerbeer

92. Le Coq D'or - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff

93. The Girl of the Golden West - Giacomo Puccini

94. Die Tote Stadt - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

95. Ernani - Giuseppe Verdi

96. The Abduction from the Seraglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

97. Dialogues des Carmelites - Frances Poulenc

98. Einstein on the Beach - Philip Glass

99. Idomeneo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

100. Kat'a Kabanova - Leos Janacek


101. Il Matrimonio Segreto - Domenico Cimarosa

102. Amahl and the Night Visitors - Gian Carlo Menotti

103. Gianni Schicchi - Giacomo Puccini

104. Alcina - Georg Friedrich Handel

105. Palestrina - Hans Pfitzner

106. Fra Diavolo - Daniel-Francois Auber

107. L'Enfant et les Sortiges - Maurice Ravel

108. Die Frau ohne Schatten - Richard Strauss

109. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District - Dmitri Shostakovich

110. Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor - Otto Nicolai

111. Simon Boccanegra - Giuseppe Verdi

112. Prince Igor - Alexander Borodin

113. War and Peace - Sergei Prokofiev

114. Beatrice et Benedict - Hector Berlioz

115. Nabucco - Giuseppe Verdi

116. Atys - Jean-Baptiste Lully

117. Four Saints in Three Acts - Virgil Thomson

118. Medee - Luigi Cherubini

119. Martha - Friedrich von Flotow

120. Adriana Lecouvreur - Francesco Cilea

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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