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    The TC Top 200 Recommended Operas (2015 version)
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    NOTE: This list was produced in 2015 and is a companion list to the one produced in 2010-2011

    1. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
    2. Mozart: Don Giovanni
    3. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
    5. Verdi: Don Carlos
    6. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
    7. Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
    8. Berg: Wozzeck
    9. Monteverdi: L’Orfeo
    10. Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
    11. Mozart: Così fan tutte
    12. Wagner: Parsifal
    13. Verdi: Otello
    14. Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    15. Bizet: Carmen
    16. Verdi: La traviata
    17. Puccini: La bohème
    18. Verdi: Rigoletto
    19. Puccini: Madama Butterfly
    20. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
    21. Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    22. Wagner: Lohengrin
    23. Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    24. Bellini: Norma
    25. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    26. Britten: Peter Grimes
    27. Puccini: Tosca
    28. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron
    29. Puccini: Turandot
    30. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    31. Verdi: Aida
    32. Strauss: Salome
    33. Rossini: La Cenerentola
    34. Beethoven: Fidelio
    35. Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
    36. Verdi: Il trovatore
    37. Puccini: La fanciulla del West
    38. Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer
    39. Saariaho: L'Amour de loin
    40. Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann
    41. Gounod: Faust
    42. Handel: Giulio Cesare
    43. Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    44. Wagner: Tannhäuser
    45. Janáček: Jenůfa
    46. Rossini: Guillaume Tell
    47. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
    48. Berg: Lulu
    49. Adams: Nixon in China
    50. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
    51. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
    52. Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
    53. Verdi: Falstaff
    54. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    55. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
    56. Berlioz: Les Troyens
    57. Weber: Der Freischütz
    58. Rameau: Les Indes galantes
    59. Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
    60. Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise
    61. Strauss: Elektra
    62. Puccini: Il trittico
    63. Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
    64. Mozart: Idomeneo
    65. Britten: The Turn of the Screw
    66. Massenet: Werther
    67. Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
    68. Dvořák: Rusalka
    69. Smetana: The Bartered Bride
    70. Ligeti: Le grand macabre
    71. Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
    72. Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
    73. Poulenc: Dialogues des carmélites
    74. Bellini: La sonnambula
    75. Boito: Mefistofele
    76. Glass: Satyagraha
    77. Glass: Einstein on the Beach
    78. Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
    79. Verdi: La forza del destino
    80. Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina
    81. Verdi: Macbeth
    82. Donizetti: Don Pasquale
    83. Bellini: I puritani
    84. Britten: Billy Budd
    85. Giordano: Andrea Chénier
    86. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
    87. Massenet: Manon
    88. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten
    89. Janáček: From the House of the Dead
    90. Glass: Akhnaten
    91. Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
    92. Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    93. Verdi: Nabucco
    94. Borodin: Prince Igor
    95. Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
    96. Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
    97. Schoenberg: Erwartung
    98. Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
    99. Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles
    100. Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
    101. Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
    102. Donizetti: La fille du régiment
    103. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
    104. Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
    105. Puccini: La rondine
    106. Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex
    107. Rameau: Castor et Pollux
    108. Prokofiev: L'amour des trois oranges
    109. Stockhausen: Licht
    110. Shostakovich: The Nose
    111. Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    112. Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    113. Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
    114. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper
    115. Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
    116. Janáček: Káťa Kabanová
    117. Delibes: Lakmé
    118. Britten: Death in Venice
    119. Rossini: La donna del lago
    120. Adès: The Tempest
    121. Korngold: Die tote Stadt
    122. Berlioz: La damnation de Faust
    123. Handel: Alcina
    124. Prokofiev: War and Peace
    125. Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer
    126. Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers
    127. Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
    128. Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
    129. Zimmermann: Die Soldaten
    130. Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    131. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
    132. Rossini: Le comte Ory
    133. Massenet: Thaïs
    134. Falla: La vida breve
    135. Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
    136. Strauss: Capriccio
    137. Reimann: Lear
    138. Adams: Doctor Atomic
    139. Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    140. Halévy: La Juive
    141. Verdi: Ernani
    142. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    143. Cherubini: Médée
    144. Busoni: Doktor Faust
    145. Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
    146. Thomas: Mignon
    147. Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict
    148. Lully: Armide
    149. Strauss: Arabella
    150. Nono: Prometeo
    151. Janáček: The Makropulos Case
    152. Verdi: Luisa Miller
    153. Verdi: I vespri siciliani
    154. Enescu: Œdipe
    155. Lehár: Die lustige Witwe
    156. Barber: Vanessa
    157. Verdi: Stiffelio
    158. Handel: Ariodante
    159. Lully: Thésée
    160. Reich: The Cave
    161. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel
    162. Partch: Delusion of the Fury
    163. Dallapiccola: Il prigioniero
    164. Wagner: Rienzi
    165. Thomson: Four Saints in Three Acts
    166. Gluck: Alceste
    167. Purcell: King Arthur
    168. Feldman: Neither
    169. Lachenmann: Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern
    170. Strauss: Daphne
    171. Handel: Rodelinda
    172. Meyerbeer: L'Africaine
    173. Charpentier: Louise
    174. Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
    175. Weber: Euryanthe
    176. Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
    177. Pergolesi: La serva padrona
    178. Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
    179. Heggie: Moby-Dick
    180. Benjamin: Written on Skin
    181. Rossini: Il turco in Italia
    182. Schubert: Fierrabras
    183. Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide
    184. Montemezzi: L'amore dei tre re
    185. Poulenc: La voix humaine
    186. Ravel: L'heure espagnole
    187. Romitelli: An Index of Metals
    188. Handel: Rinaldo
    189. Britten: Albert Herring
    190. Szymanowski: King Roger
    191. Ponchielli: La Gioconda
    192. Rossini: Semiramide
    193. Menotti: The Consul
    194. Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet
    195. Bellini: Il pirata
    196. Donizetti: Poliuto
    197. Rossini: Otello
    198. Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire
    199. Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
    200. Rossini: Armida
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    List of Nominated Works that did not make the TC Top 200 Recommended Operas (2015 version)

    All of these works received at least one nomination during the project, and the pieces in bold received votes from at least 3 different members.

    Adam: Le chalet
    Adam: Si j'étais roi
    Adams: El Niño
    Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky
    Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary
    Adès: Powder Her Face
    Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
    Alfano: La leggenda di Sakùntala
    André: ...22,13...
    Aperghis: Avis de tempête
    Arne: Artaxerxes
    Auber: Fra Diavolo
    Auber: La muette de Portici
    Berio: Outis
    Berio: Un re in ascolto
    Bernstein: Candide
    Birtwistle: Punch and Judy
    Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus
    Birtwistle: The Minotaur
    Boito: Nerone
    Bolcom: A View from the Bridge
    Britten: Noye's Fludde
    Bruneau: L'attaque du moulin
    Bruneau: Messidor
    Caccini: L’Euridice
    Campra: Le carnaval de Venise
    Carter: What's Next?
    Catán: Florencia en el Amazonas
    Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo
    Cavalli: Artemisia
    Cavalli: Giasone
    Cavalli: La Calisto
    Cesti: Orontea
    Chabrier: L'étoile
    Charpentier: La descente d'Orphée aux enfers
    Charpentier: Médée
    Chausson: Le roi Arthus
    Cherubini: Lodoïska
    Chin: Alice in Wonderland
    Cilea: L'arlesiana
    Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto
    Copland: The Tender Land
    Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
    Dean: Bliss
    Dillon: Philomela
    d’Indy: Fervaal
    Donizetti: La Favorite
    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
    Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
    Dove: Tobias and the Angel
    Eötvös: Three Sisters
    Erkel: Bánk bán
    Falla: El retablo de maese Pedro
    Fauré: Pénélope
    Ferneyhough: Shadowtime
    Flotow: Martha
    Floyd: Of Mice and Men
    Floyd: Susannah
    Francesconi: Quartett
    Furrer: Begehren
    Furrer: Fama
    Giordano: Fedora
    Glanville-Hicks: Sappho
    Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox
    Glass: The Perfect American
    Glass: The Photographer
    Glinka: A Life for the Tsar
    Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila
    Gluck: Armide
    Gluck: Paride ed Elena
    Golijov: Ainadamar
    Gounod: Cinq-Mars
    Gounod: La reine de Saba
    Gounod: Mireille
    Haas: Bluthaus
    Haas: Sarlaten
    Handel: Acis and Galatea
    Handel: Deidamia
    Handel: Faramondo
    Handel: Hercules
    Handel: Orlando
    Handel: Radamisto
    Handel: Serse
    Handel: Tamerlano
    Harvey: Wagner Dream
    Hasse: Cleofide
    Hasse: Siroe
    Haydn: Armida
    Haydn: La fedeltà premiata
    Henze: Boulevard Solitude
    Hindemith: Cardillac
    Holliger: Schneewittchen
    Holst: Savitri
    Ibert: Persée et Andromède
    Janáček: The Excursions of Mr. Brouček
    Jo Lee: Whang Jinie
    Joplin: Treemonisha
    Kalitzke: Die Besessenen
    Kodály: Háry János
    Kokkonen: Viimeiset kiusaukset
    Korngold: Violanta
    Krenek: Johnny spielt auf
    Kurtág: Fin de Partie
    Lalo: Le roi d'Ys
    Lang: The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
    Langgaard: Antikrist
    Leoni: L’Oracolo
    Literes: Accis y Galatea
    Literes: Los Elementos
    Lortzing: Der Wildschütz
    Lully: Amadis
    Lully: Phaëton
    Lully: Psyché
    MacMillan: The Sacrifice
    Magnard: Guercœur
    Maillart: Les dragons de Villars
    Malipiero: Giulio Cesare
    Malipiero: Torneo notturno
    Marschner: Der Vampyr
    Martinů: The Greek Passion
    Mascagni: Iris
    Mascagni: Isabeau
    Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
    Mascagni: Lodoletta
    Massenet: Cendrillon
    Massenet: Don Quichotte
    Massenet: Hérodiade
    Massenet: Le roi de Lahore
    Massenet: Sapho
    Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse
    Mazzoli: Song from the Uproar
    Melartin: Aino
    Menotti: The Saint of Bleecker Street
    Menotti: The Telephone
    Mercandante: Maria Stuarda
    Meyerbeer: Dinorah
    Meyerbeer: Le prophète
    Meyerbeer: Robert le diable
    Milhaud: L’Orestie d’Eschyle
    Mitterer: Massacre
    Mozart: Il re pastore
    Mozart: La finta giardiniera
    Mozart: Lucio Silla
    Mozart: Mitridate, re di Ponto
    Muhly: Two Boys
    Nápravník: Dubrovsky
    Neuwirth: Lost Highway
    Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
    Nielsen: Maskarade
    Nono: Al gran sole carico d'amore
    Nono: Intoleranza 1960
    Nørgård: Nuit des Hommes
    Offenbach: La belle Hélène
    Offenbach: La Périchole
    Offenbach: La vie parisienne
    Orff: Antigonae
    Orff: Die Kluge
    Paisiello: Nina, o sia la pazza per amore
    Pareyón: Xochicuicatl Cuecuechtli
    Parra: Hypermusic Prologue
    Penderecki: Die Teufel von Loudun
    Penderecki: Paradise Lost
    Pergolesi: Lo frate 'nnamorato
    Pergolesi - L'Olimpiade
    Pfitzner: Palestrina
    Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires
    Picker: An American Tragedy
    Pizzetti: Assassinio nella cattedrale
    Pizzetti: Clitennestra
    Pizzetti: Fra Gherardo
    Pizzetti: Ifigenia
    Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko
    Prokofiev: The Gambler
    Puccini: Le Villi
    Purcell: The Fairy-Queen
    Rachmaninoff: Francesca da Rimini
    Rameau: Dardanus
    Rameau: Les fêtes d'Hébé
    Rameau: Les Paladins
    Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi
    Reyer: Salammbô
    Reyer: Sigurd
    Rihm: Die Eroberung Von Mexico
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve
    Rimsky-Korsakov: May Night
    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden
    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride
    Romberg: The Student Prince
    Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira
    Rossini: Ermione
    Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
    Rossini: L'assedio di Corinto
    Rossini: La gazza ladra
    Rossini: La pietra del paragon
    Rossini: Maometto
    Rossini: Tancredi
    Sallinen: Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan
    Scarlatti: Griselda
    Schreker: Die Gezeichneten
    Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella
    Schulhoff: Flammen
    Schumann: Genoveva
    Sciarrino: Luci mie traditrici
    Sciarrino: Macbeth
    Smetana: Dalibor
    Smetana: Hubička
    Stravinsky: Mavra
    Stravinsky: The Nightingale
    Strauss: Feuersnot
    Strauss: Friedenstag
    Strauss: Intermezzo
    Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron
    Sullivan: The Gondoliers
    Sullivan: The Mikado
    Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance
    Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa
    Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans
    Terradellas: Artaserse
    Terradellas: Sesostri
    Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage
    Turnage: Anna Nicole
    Ullman: Der Kaiser von Atlantis
    Various: The Enchanted Island
    Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress
    Verdi: Attila
    Verdi: Giovanna D’arco
    Verdi: I due Foscari
    Verdi: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
    Verdi: I masnadieri
    Verdi: Un giorno di regno
    Vinci: Artaserse
    Vinci: Catone in Utica
    Vivaldi: Bajazet
    Vivaldi: Farnace
    Vivaldi: Giustino
    Vivaldi: Griselda
    Vivaldi: La verità in cimento
    Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario
    Vivaldi: Orlando furioso
    Vives: Doña Francisquita
    Wagner: Das Liebesverbot
    Wainwright: Prima Donna
    Weber: Oberon
    Weill: Street Scene
    Young Jo: Tcheo Yong
    Zandonai: I cavalieri di Ekebù
    Zemlinsky: Eine florentinische Tragödie
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    Congratulations. A great effort by those involved, but because it wasn't done in the opera forum, many opera people didn't vote which was a pity.

    It's somewhat different to the previous list (e.g. the fall of Giulio Cesare) and my initial thoughts are that it's slightly better, but like the previous attempt, it bears a strong stamp of its primary participants. Small mercy, at least Mefistofele is in the top 100 now! On the bright side there's no sign of Birtwhistle in the top 200.

    I really must check out and revisit the 52 operas that are rated higher than Verdi's Falstaff. Saying this partly tongue-in-cheek, partly serious.
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    Wow Les Troyens... fell 51 positions, makes you think. It might be an excesive punishment, although it ultimately makes sense to me. I never thought of it to be one of the five best operas ever written. Although I consider that it could make the top 20.
    I'm curious about the ascent of Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande and Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo". I will revisit them and try to determine if they truly are top-10 material.

    Also, it would be interesting to see how good each of the operas of the Ring would rank if they were out there on their own. I predict that the four of them would (and should) be top-20. Together they are clearly no.1.

    Thanks for the good work and the effort guys! As always, great list
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