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    Default The Talk Classical Top 272 Most Recommended Operas

    TOP 100

    -1 Der Ring des Nibelungen (Wagner)
    -2 Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
    -3 Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
    -4 Giulio Cesare (Handel)
    -5 Les Troyens (Berlioz)
    -6 Don Giovanni (Mozart)
    -7 La Traviata (Verdi)
    -8 La Boheme (Puccini)
    -9 Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss)
    10 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner)
    11 Die Zauberflote (Mozart)
    12 Carmen (Bizet)
    13 Parsifal (Wagner)
    14 Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
    15 Otello (Verdi)
    16 Tosca (Puccini)
    17 Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart)
    18 Wozzeck (Berg)
    19 Salome (Strauss)
    20 Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
    21 Lohengrin (Wagner)
    22 Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
    23 Aida (Verdi)
    24 Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)
    25 Don Carlos (Verdi)
    26 Rigoletto (Verdi)
    27 Elektra (Strauss)
    28 Tannhauser (Wagner)
    29 L'Orfeo (Monteverdi)
    30 Moses und Aron (Schoenberg)
    31 Norma (Bellini)
    32 Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
    33 Fidelio (Beethoven)
    34 Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
    35 La Fanciulla del West (Puccini)
    36 Jenufa (Janacek)
    37 War and Peace (Prokofiev)
    38 Porgy & Bess (Gershwin)
    39 Lulu (Berg)
    40 Ariodante (Handel)
    41 The Bartered Bride (Smetana)
    42 Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner)
    43 Falstaff (Verdi)
    44 Turandot (Puccini)
    45 Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
    46 Les Indes Galantes (Rameau)
    47 Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
    48 Il Trovatore (Verdi)
    49 Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
    50 Peter Grimes (Britten)
    51 Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss)
    52 Manon (Massenet)
    53 Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy)
    54 La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz)
    55 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Shostakovich)
    56 Alcina (Handel)
    57 Faust (Gounod)
    58 The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev)
    59 The Rake's Progress(Stravinsky)
    60 Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck)
    61 Idomeneo (Mozart)
    62 Bluebeard's Castle (Bartok)
    63 Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
    64 L'Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)
    65 L'Incoronasione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
    66 Der Freischutz (Weber)
    67 La Cenerentola (Rossini)
    68 Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
    69 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
    70 Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
    71 Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens)
    72 Capriccio (Strauss)
    73 Rusalka (Dvorak)
    74 L'Amour de Loin (Saariaho)
    75 I Puritani (Bellini)
    76 La Forza del Destino (Verdi)
    77 La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
    78 Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)
    79 Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi)
    80 Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
    81 La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
    82 The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek)
    83 Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)
    84 Macbeth (Verdi)
    85 La Rondine (Puccini)
    86 La Sonnambula (Bellini)
    87 L'Enfant et les Sortileges (Ravel)
    88 Euryanthe (Weber)
    89 The Golden Cockerel (Rimsky-Korsakov)
    90 L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
    91 Andrea Chenier (Giordano)
    92 Werther (Massenet)
    93 Roberto Devereux (Donizetti)
    94 I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini)
    95 Arabella (Strauss)
    96 Ernani (Verdi)
    97 Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky)
    98 Mignon (Thomas)
    99 Suor Angelica (Puccini)
    100 Orlando (Handel)
    Last edited by jhar26; Dec-23-2010 at 20:04.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    We have finished establishing a companion list for this thread, with the most recommended video (DVD/blu-ray) versions of each of our top 100 recommended operas. It can be consulted as a sticky in our Opera on DVD and Blu-ray subforum. Make sure you scroll down because the list has had one major revision already, and the revised list is at the end of the thread. Here's a link to it:

    The Talk Classical Most Recommended Opera DVD's

    We have established the continuation to this list, aiming for the 101-200 most recommended operas, but then we were able to go as high as 272. The last few were operas that were recommended by at least two members. Above 272 we couldn't get any other opera to be recommended by more than one member, so we stopped at 272. There was an extensive list of "also rans" with only one recommendation, which can be consulted by clicking on the link that we've included after the list below.


    101 Puccini...Manon Lescaut
    102 Monteverdi...Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
    103 Strauss (Richard)...Die Frau ohne Schatten
    104 Handel...Hercules
    105 Poulenc...Dialogues des Carmelites
    106 Delibes...Lakmé
    107 Britten...Turn of the Screw
    108 Bizet - Les Pêcheurs de Perles
    109 Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina
    110 Britten - Billy Budd
    111 Handel - Rinaldo
    112 Busoni - Doktor Faust
    113 Verdi - Luisa Miller
    114 Schreker - Die Gezeichneten
    115 Prokofiev - The Fiery Angel
    116 Gluck - Alceste
    117 Handel – Theodora
    118 Rameau - Castor et Pollux
    119 Massenet – Thaïs
    120 Rameau - Les Boreades
    121 Purcell - The Fairy Queen
    122 Handel – Serse
    123 Britten - Death in Venice
    124 Donizetti - Maria Stuarda
    125 Borodin - Prince Igor
    126 Verdi - I Vespri Siciliani
    127 Verdi - Nabucco
    128 Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots
    129 Stravinsky - Le Rossignol
    130 Charpentier (Marc-Antoine) - Medée
    131 Boito – Mefistofele
    132 Janacek - From the House of the Dead
    133 Rossini - Guillaume Tell
    134 Shostakovich – The Nose
    135 Mozart - Il Re Pastore
    136 Berlioz - Benvenuto Cellini
    137 Bellini - Beatrice di Tenda
    138 Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery
    139 Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila
    140 Rossini - Le Comte Ory
    141 Korngold - Die Tote Stadt
    142 Puccini - Il Tabarro
    143 Rossini - Il Viaggio a Reims
    144 Janacek - The Makropulos Case
    145 Gluck - Iphigénie en Tauride
    146 Verdi - Attila
    147 Halévy - La Juive
    148 Rimski-Korsakov – Sadko
    149 Handel - Acis and Galatea
    150 Rossini - Il Turco in Italia
    151 Thomas - Hamlet
    152 Handel - Tamerlano
    153 Mozart - Mitridate Re di Ponto
    154 Donizetti - La Favorita
    155 Handel - Agrippina
    156 Massenet - Don Quichotte
    157 Janacek - Kat’a Kabanova
    158 Messiaen - Saint François d'Assise
    159 Wagner - Rienzi
    160 Strauss (Richard) - Daphne
    161 Hindemith - Cardillac
    162 Weill - Die Dreigroschenoper
    163 Tchaikovsky - Mazeppa
    164 Zandonai - Francesca da Rimini
    165 Adams - Nixon in China
    166 Glinka - A Life for the Tsar
    167 Lully - Atys
    168 Flotow - Martha
    169 Vivaldi - Ercole su'l Termodonte
    170 Handel – Rodelinda
    171 Lully - Armide
    172 Schubert - Fierrabras
    173 Handel - Admeto
    174 Previn - A Streetcar Named Desire
    175 Donizetti - Anna Bolena
    176 Rossini - Armida
    177 Ravel - L'Heure Espagnole
    178 Handel - Semele
    179 Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict
    180 Weill - Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
    181 Weber - Oberon
    182 Corigliano - The Ghosts of Versailles
    183 Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex
    184 Ponchielli - La Gioconda
    185 Rossini – Semiramide
    186 Rossini – Tancredi
    187 Verdi - I Lombardi alla prima crociata
    188 Britten - The Rape of Lucretia
    189 Britten - Owen Wingrave
    190 Henze - Boulevard Solitude
    191 Gluck – Iphigénie en Aulide
    192 Prokofiev - The Gambler
    193 Paisiello - Nina, o sia la pazza per amore
    194 Meyerbeer - L'Africaine
    195 Pergolesi - La Serva Padrona
    196 Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio Segreto
    197 Rossini - La Pietra del Paragone
    198 Rossini – La Donna del Lago
    199 Schoenberg - Erwartung
    200 Schumann - Genoveva
    201 Purcell – King Arthur
    202 Marschner - Der Vampyr
    203 Rameau - Zoroastre
    204 Charpentier (Gustave) - Louise
    205 Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride
    206 Giordano - Fedora
    207 Donizetti – Rita
    208 Verdi - Il Corsaro
    209 Ligeti - Le Grand Macabre
    210 Verdi's - Stiffelio
    211 Cherubini – Médée
    212 Hindemith - Mathis der Maler
    213 Donizetti - Lucrezia Borgia
    214 Delius - A Village Romeo and Juliet
    215 Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden
    216 Rameau - Les Paladins
    217 Massenet – Le Cid
    218 Mozart - La Finta Giardiniera
    219 Zimmermann - Die Soldaten
    220 Rachmaninov - Aleko
    221 Enesco - Oedipe
    222 Krenek - Johnny Spielt Auf
    223 De Falla - La Vida Breve
    224 Paisello - Il barbiere di Siviglia
    225 Handel - Partenope
    226 Hasse - Cleofide
    227 Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream
    228 Nicolai - Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor
    229 Auber - Fra Diavolo
    230 Massenet – Cendrillon
    231 Monteverdi – Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
    232 Lully - Cadmus et Hermione
    233 Tchaikovsky - Iolanta
    234 Rameau - Les fêtes d'Hébé
    235 Pfitzner - Palestrina
    236 Catalani - La Wally
    237 Rossini - Ermione
    238 Glass - Akhnaten
    239 Pergolesi - Lo Frate 'nnamorato
    240 Rameau - Hyppolite et Aricie
    241 Rimski-Korsakov – The Legend of the invisible City Kitesh
    242 Martin y Soler - Il Burbero di Buon Cuore
    243 Adams - Death of Klinghoffer
    244 Puccini - Le Villi
    245 Poulenc - La Voix Humaine
    246 Mozart - Der Schauspieldirektor
    247 Massenet – Hérodiade
    248 Mussorgsky – Sorochyntsky Fair
    249 Rimski-Korsakov – May Night
    250 Glass – Satygraha
    251 Gomes - Il Guarany
    252 Cavalli - La Calisto
    253 Penderecki - The Devils of Loudun
    254 Adès - The Tempest
    255 Leoncavallo - Zazà
    256 Schreker - Der Ferne Klang
    257 Rameau - Dardanus
    258 De Falla – El retablo de Maese Pedro
    259 Rossini – Mosè in Egitto
    260 Stockhausen - Licht cycle
    261 Meyerbeer - Dinorah
    262 Gounod - Mireille
    263 Mozart - Il Sogno di Scipione
    264 Landi - Il Sant'Alessio
    265 Rossini - Elisabetta Regina d'Inghilterra
    266 Lortzing - Zar und Zimmermann
    267 Glass - Einstein on the Beach
    268 Adès - Powder Her Face
    269 Meyerbeer - Le Prophète
    270 Bellini - Il Pirata
    271 Rameau - Platée
    272 Meyerbeer – Robert Le Diable

    This is the thread from where this list came (other operas nominated with only one vote are listed there as well):

    The TC Most recommended Operas - Positions 101-200+
    Last edited by Almaviva; Sep-22-2011 at 20:23. Reason: Update (the situation has changed)
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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