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List of famous operas

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Useful lists are either complete lists or selective lists. This page is a selective list.

This page lists famous operas arranged by composer.

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Standard operatic repertory

This list comprises the standard operatic repertory, arranged alphabetically by composer followed by city and date of first staged performance. All the operas in this list are discussed in standard guidebooks, such as The Penguin Guide to Opera, ed. Amanda Holden, 1994. Many splendid and under-appreciated masterpieces, aside from operatic curiosities, can be found in entries under the names of their individual composers.

In many opera houses this international repertory is supplemented by local standards. An American list, for example, would include George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Samuel Barber's Vanessa. Skirmishing about any accepted canon tends to be most intense around the periphery; please do not add an opera to this list unless it has had a significant performance history.

Details of plot, anecdotes and history of composition and production, etc. are found in the operas' individual entries (linked). These lists are not complete: complete lists of composers' operas are to be found in the composers' individual entries (linked), and in Category:Operas.

Historically significant operas

This is a list of operas which are historically significant but not performed with any regularity. They are ordered chronologically by first performance.

  • Jacopo Peri
    • Euridice (Florence 1600); considered the first opera in European history
  • Francesca Caccini
    • La liberazione di Ruggiero (Warsaw, 1628); first Italian opera performed outside of Italy, first opera by a woman
  • Stefano Landi
    • Il Sant'Alessio (Rome, 1632); first opera on a historical rather than mythological subject

See also

  • List of operas – List of all operas on the English Wikipedia, sorted by title

External links

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