Opera ABCs

Below is an ABC guide to the best operas in the world. Including a Spotify playlist of the highlighted works. This list is a work in progress, let me know of any omissions in the comments below. Where applicable, click on the CD cover/hyperlinks to take you to the respective post.

Verdi Aida Domingo Caballe
A: Verdi Aida
10th October 2013 marks the 200th year since Verdi's birth. To commemorate his birth, this post features an incredible star studded version of one of Verdi's great operas, Aida including a youTube clip of Maria Callas' E-flat historic moment.




Puccini La Boheme Pavarotti Freni
B: Puccini La Bohème
This post features the definitive recording of La Boheme, one of the greatest operas ever written. If ever there was a desert island disc, this must surly be it.





Bizet Carmen Maria Callas
C: Bizet Carmen
The opera, Carmen composed by Bizet is one of the staples of the operatic repertoire. It contains some of the most memorable melodies ever written. If there is only one opera that you will ever know, then this should be it. This post features the best version of Carmen with one of the greatest opera performers ever, Maria Callas.



D: Mozart Don Giovanni
Mozart composed an unbelievable 22 operas in his 35 years. Don Giovanni is the tenth most performed opera. My favourite recording is by The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Arnold Östman recorded in 1990. Full of drama, speed and excitement.




D: Adams Doctor Atomic

D: Verdi Don Carlo

E: Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Verdi Ernani

F: Beethoven Fidelio

G: Ponchielli La Gioconda

H: Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel

I: Mozart Idomeneo

J: Janacek Jenufa

K: Janacek Katya Kabanova
Szymanowski King Roger

L: Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Donizetti Lucia de Lammermoor
Prokofiev Love of Three Oranges

M: Janacek The Macropulos Case
Mozart Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Magic Flute
Puccini Madame Butterfly
Verdi Macbeth

N: Adams Nixon in China
Bellini Norma
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro

O: Verdi Otello

P: Britten Peter Grimes
Debussy Pelleas et Melisande
Glass The Portrait Trilogy (Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Akhnaten)
Leoncavallo Pagliacci

Q: Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

R: R Strauss Der Rosenkavelier Verdi Rigoletto
Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen

S: R Strauss Salome

T: Puccini Turandot
Puccini Tosca
Verdi La Traviata
Wagner Tristan und Isolde

U: Verdi Un ballo in Maschera

V: Rautavaara Vincent

W: Rossini William Tell

X: Handel Xerxes

Y: Sullivan The Yeoman of the Guard

Z: Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Magic Flute)
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