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    The TC Top 200 Recommended Operas (2020 version)
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    NOTE: This list was produced in 2020 and is a companion list to twp previous opera lists - 2011 version and 2015 version.


    001 - Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
    002 - Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
    003 - Wagner - Parsifal
    004 - Puccini - Madama Butterfly
    005 - Puccini - Tosca
    006 - Mozart - Die Zauberflöte
    007 - Verdi - Otello
    008 - Verdi - Aida
    009 - Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro
    010 - Mozart - Don Giovanni

    011 - Verdi - La traviata
    012 - Verdi - Don Carlo(s)
    013 - Wagner - Tannhäuser
    014 - Wagner - Lohengrin
    015 - Debussy - Pélléas et Mélisande
    016 - Puccini - Turandot
    017 - Puccini - La fanciulla del West
    018 - Bellini - Norma
    019 - Puccini - La Bohème
    020 - Verdi - La Forza del Destino

    021 - Mussorgky - Boris Godunov
    022 - Wagner - Der Fliegende Holländer
    023 - Verdi - Rigoletto
    024 - Verdi - Il trovatore
    025 - Leoncavallo - Pagliacci
    026 - Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    027 - Verdi - Simon Boccanegra
    028 - Verdi - Macbeth
    029 - Bizet - Carmen
    030 - Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor

    031 - Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    032 - Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana
    033 - Bartok - Bluebeard's Castle
    034 - R. Strauss - Salome
    035 - R. Strauss - Elektra
    036 - Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
    037 - Beethoven - Fidelio
    038 - Bellini - La sonnambula
    039 - Puccini - Suor Angelica
    040 - Weber - Der Freischütz

    041 - Boito - Mefistofele
    042 - R. Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier
    043 - Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    044 - Britten - Peter Grimes
    045 - Poulenc - Dialogue des Carmélites
    046 - Puccini - Manon Lescaut
    047 - Gounod - Faust
    048 - Rossini - La Cenerentola
    049 - Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
    050 - Puccini - Gianni Schicchi

    051 - Mascagni - L'amico Fritz
    052 - Gounod - Roméo et Juliette
    053 - Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore
    054 - Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera
    055 - Verdi - Nabucco
    056 - Tchaikovsky - Iolanta
    057 - Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice
    058 - Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame
    059 - Mozart - Così fan tutte
    060 - Berg - Wozzeck

    061 - Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur
    062 - Puccini - Il tabarro
    063 - Dvorák - Rusalka
    064 - R. Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten
    065 - Janacek - Jenufa
    066 - Massenet - Thaïs
    067 - Berlioz - Les troyens
    068 - Donizetti - Maria Stuarda
    069 - Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
    070 - Britten - Billy Budd

    071 - Giordano - Andrea Chénier
    072 - Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina
    073 - Saint-Saëns - Samson et Dalila
    074 - Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen
    075 - Donizetti - La fille du régiment
    076 - Handel - Giulio Cesare
    077 - Bellini - I Capuleti e i Montecchi
    078 - Verdi - Ernani
    079 - Massenet - Werther
    080 - Monteverdi - L'Orfeo

    081 - Massenet - Manon
    082 - Janacek - Katja Kabanova
    083 - Donizetti - Anna Bolena
    084 - Rossini - Guillaume Tell
    085 - Verdi - Falstaff
    086 - Giordano - Fedora
    087 - Verdi - Attila
    088 - Monteverdi - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    089 - Tchaikovsky - Mazeppa
    090 - Verdi - I Vespri siciliani

    091 - Donizetti - Lucrezia Borgia
    092 - R. Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos
    093 - Borodin - Prince Igor
    094 - Verdi - Stiffelio / Aroldo
    095 - Ponchielli - La Gioconda
    096 - Delibes - Lakmé
    097 - Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's bride
    098 - Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    099 - Britten - Death in Venice
    100 - Donizetti - Poliuto

    101 - Rossini - La gazza ladra
    102 - Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots
    103 - Prokofiev - War and Peace
    104 - Smetana - The Bartered Bride
    105 - Korngold - Die Tote Stadt
    106 - Bellini - Beatrice di Tenda
    107 - Flotow - Martha
    108 - Bellini - I puritani
    109 - Magnard - Guercoeur
    110 - Rimsky-Korsakov - Sadko

    111 - Verdi - Luisa Miller
    112 - Chausson - Le roi Arthus
    113 - Donizetti - Roberto Devereux
    114 - Saariaho - L'Amour de loin
    115 - Handel - Ariodante
    116 - Cherubini - Medea / Medée
    117 - Rossini - Semiramide
    118 - Pergolesi - La serva padrona
    119 - Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri
    120 - Janacek - From the House of the Dead

    121 - Mozart - La clemenza di Tito
    122 - Rossini - Il turco in Italia
    123 - Bellini - Il pirata
    124 - Wagner - Rienzi
    125 - Monteverdi - L'incoronazione di Poppea
    126 - Boughton - The immortal hour
    127 - Cavalli - La Calisto
    128 - d'Albert - Tiefland
    129 - Lehar - Land des Lächelns
    130 - Enescu - Oedipe

    131 - Vivaldi - La fida ninfa
    132 - Cilea - L'Arlesiana
    133 - Rimsky-Korsakov - The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
    134 - Mascagni - Iris
    135 - Rossini - La donna del lago
    136 - Cavalli - Eliogabalo
    137 - Paisiello - Nina, o sia La pazza per amore
    138 - Chabrier - Le roi malgré lui
    139 - Prokofiev - The Love for Three Oranges
    140 - Boito - Nerone

    141 - Zandonai - Francesca da Rimini
    142 - Alwyn - Miss Julie
    143 - Lachenmann - Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern
    144 - Janacek - Vek Makropulos
    145 - Marschner - Der vampyr
    146 - Donizetti - Don Pasquale
    147 - Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust
    148 - Smyth - The wrecker
    149 - Puccini - La Rondine
    150 - Stockhausen - Licht

    151 - Vivaldi - Bajazed
    152 - Handel - Alcina
    153 - Mozart - Idomeneo
    154 - Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila
    155 - Saint-Saëns - Henry VIII
    156 - Massenet - La Navarraise
    157 - Charpentier - Louise
    158 - Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream
    159 - Massenet - Hérodiade
    160 - Montemezzi - L'amore dei tre re

    161 - Schmidt - Notre Dame
    162 - Menotti - Help, Help, the Globolinks!
    163 - Glass - Satyagraha
    164 - Gluck - Iphigénie en Tauride
    165 - Balfe - Bohemian girl
    166 - Sallinen - The red line
    167 - Telemann - Germanicus
    168 - Strauss II - Die Fledermaus
    169 - Martinu - Julietta
    170 - Rossini - Otello

    171 - Nielsen - Maskarade
    172 - Rachmaninoff - The miserly knight
    173 - Pfitzner - Palestrina
    174 - Handel - Rinaldo
    175 - Cimarosa - Il matrimonio segreto
    176 - Meyerbeer - Le prophète
    177 - Catalani - La Wally
    178 - Nielsen - Saul & David
    179 - Vivaldi - Teuzzone
    180 - Ravel - L'heure Espagnole

    181 - Novak - The Lantern
    182 - Cavalli - Giasone
    183 - Vinci - Partenope
    184 - Nystroem - Herr Arnes Penningar
    185 - Penderecki - The Devils of Loudun
    186 - Vivaldi - Ercole
    187 - Pergolesi - L'Olimpiade
    188 - Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel
    189 - Barber - Vanessa
    190 - Haydn - Orlando paladino

    191 - Halévy - La juive
    192 - Dvorak - Dimitrij
    193 - Rachmaninoff - Aleko
    194 - R. Strauss - Arabella
    195 - Britten - Albert Herring
    196 - Stravinsky - The Rake’s progress
    197 - Weinberg - The Passenger
    198 - Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery
    199 - Britten - The Turn of the Screw
    200 - Purcell - The fairy-queen (16p)

    201 - Puccini - Le Villi (16p)
    202 - Kálmán - Gräfin Mariza (16p)
    203 - Prokofiev - The fiery angel (16p)

    Mentioned Operas outside possible Top 200 (Points in last round)

    015 - Rossini - Matilde di Shabran
    015 - Bizet - Les pechêurs de perles
    015 - Strauss II - Der Zigeunerbaron
    015 - Massenet - Don Quichotte
    015 - Partch - Delusion of the Fury
    014 - Rossini - Zelmira
    014 - Lehar - Paganini
    013 - Moniuszko - Straszny dwór

    013 - Nono - Prometeo
    012 - Cherubini - Lodoiska
    012 - Mascagni - Gugliemo Ratcliff
    012 - R. Strauss - Daphne
    011 - Glinka - A life for the Tsar
    011 - Donizetti - La favourite
    011 - R. Strauss - Capriccio
    010 - Busoni - Doktor Faust
    010 - Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex
    010 - Adès - The tempest

    009 - Cavalli - Artemisia
    009 - Mascagni - Zanetto
    009 - Gershwin - Porgy & Bess
    009 - Glass - Einstein on the Beach
    008 - Donizetti - Adelia
    007 - Cavalli - Il rapimento d'Helena
    007 - Donizetti - Elvida
    007 - Meyerbeer - L'africaine
    006 - Vinci - Artaserse
    006 - Handel - Serse

    *From position 124, ties are ordered by Premiere date.


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    Last edited by mmsbls; Apr-05-2020 at 16:46.

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    Thanks Granate. What an amazing job (and fascinating results).

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    I'm really surprised that there are operas on here that I have never heard of.

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    I suggest one odd opera which is lots of fun: Massenet's Esclarmonde and the Decca recording with Sutherland in the mid 70's is magnificent. Sutherland sounds like a Turandot with coloratura with very passionate singing. Sorry, I could not resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visionquest1972 View Post
    I'm really surprised that there are operas on here that I have never heard of.

    Time to explore them!
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Well done. A more mainstream and consensus list than the previous ones.

    Just for fun, a quick opinion of 101 to 200 from me.
    102 - Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots. Poor Meyerbeer, not even in the top 100, but this has some banging tunes in it.
    108 - Bellini - I Puritani. The biggest surprise to not be top 100. It's a beautiful work.
    146 - Donizetti - Don Pasquale, obviously not as popular as some opera companies think. I'm not a fan either.
    147 - Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust. Surprise at the low ranking for this, an opera with many famous moments.
    Plenty of other nice works of course, but it would be hard to make a case that they are top 100.

    I've seen all of the top 50 live. L'Amico Fritz broke my run!
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