Portrait of Alfred Bruyas, by Delacroix
It will come as no surprise that many dramatic pieces have been using Vincent Van Gogh as a subject.
In the world of Opera there are several works. The most recent one, premiered in the US and written by Bernard Rands, as explained by the composer himself:
But also Grigori Find's The letters of Van Gogh:
or Rautavaara's Vincent:
But arguably the best opera about Van Gogh so far is Jan van Vlijmen's Un malheureux vêtu de noir (the title comes from a poem by Alfred de Musset, recited by Van Gogh while contemplating the portrait of Alfred Bruyas), premiered the year 1990, in Amsterdam.
This is the beginning of the opera:
Un malheureux vêtu de noir - van Vlijmen