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    The Opera Lively List of Operatic Masterpieces By Country

    Opera Lively members have voted for what operas can be considered true masterpieces. The results are below, organized by country. Operas are considered to belong to a country when they were significantly inserted into that country's musical environment even if the composer was born somewhere else. This is for example why Rossini's Guillaume Tell is considered to hail from France rather than from Rossini's Italian homeland. He composed this opera when he was already living permanently in Paris, and did it for the French stages. Maybe in establishing these national belongings, we made some mistakes (we didn't look up the compositional history and circumstances of every single opera listed here), and if some historian or musicologist points out to us that some of the operas listed here might be moved to a different country, we'll be happy to do so, if we're told about it by using the Contact Us form.

    Opera Lively has other lists, such as our "recommended" or "favorite" operas. These lists differ because someone might like very much an opera but not consider it a true masterpiece due to some sort of flaw in one of its elements (e.g., an opera has great music but a catastrophic libretto, etc.). One can, on the other hand, respect an opera as a masterpiece even if that opera isn't among that person's favorites. So, this list refers to masterpieces, not to favorite operas.

    Some operas were nominated for this contest but weren't sufficiently endorsed by other members to make the final list of "true masterpieces." We list these nominees that didn't make it, below the list of those that did.

    All lists are controversial. This one just aims at collecting what the Opera Lively community believes to be true operatic masterpieces. Other communities of opera lovers and/or opera professionals might think differently, and that's just fine.

    The order of listing is not important.

    If you are curious about the process of voting, the voting thread (now closed) can be consulted by clicking [here]

    Operas endorsed by the Opera Lively Community as True Masterpieces, by Country:

    From the United States:

    Porgy and Bess
    The Rake's Progress
    Satyagraha
    Akhnaten

    From the United Kingdom:

    Giulio Cesare
    Dido and Aeneas
    Rodelinda
    Peter Grimes
    Written on Skin
    Alcina
    Rinaldo
    Billy Budd
    Death in Venice
    The Minotaur
    The Fairy Queen
    Ariodante
    Serse
    Hercules

    From France:

    Les Troyens
    Dialogues des Carmélites
    Pelléas et Mélisande
    Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Carmen
    Les Indes Galantes
    Atys
    Manon
    Guillaume Tell
    Benvenuto Cellini
    Faust
    L'Enfant et les sortilèges
    Médée (Chapentier's)

    From Russia:

    Eugene Onegin
    Boris Godunov
    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronya
    Prince Igor
    War and Peace
    Iolanta
    The Love for Three Oranges
    Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
    The Demon
    Khovanshchina

    From Austria:

    Lulu
    Wozzeck
    Paride ed Elena
    Orfeo ed Euridice
    Don Giovanni
    Così fan Tutte
    Le Nozze di Figaro
    Idomeneo
    La Clemenza di Tito
    Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    Die Zauberflöte
    Die Fledermaus

    From Germany:

    Die Tote Stadt
    Der Rosenkavalier
    Salome
    Elektra
    Die Walküre
    Das Rheingold
    Götterdämerung
    Lohengrin
    Tristan und Isolde
    Tannhäuser
    Fidelio
    Siegfried
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Parsifal
    Der Freischutz

    From Italy:

    La Traviata
    Rigoletto
    Il Trovatore
    Don Carlo
    Otello (Verdi's)
    La Bohème
    Tosca
    Norma
    I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini's)
    L'Italiana in Algeri
    Cavalleria Rusticana
    I Pagliacci
    L'Orfeo
    Madama Butterfly
    Falstaff
    Ernani
    Roberto Devereux
    Anna Bolena
    Maria Stuarda
    I Puritani
    L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Armida (Rossini's)
    Macbeth
    Simon Boccanegra
    L'Elisir d'Amore
    La Cenerentola
    La Didone
    Artaserse (Vinci)
    La Verità in cimento
    Ermione
    Gianni Schichi
    Il ritorno' d'Ulisse in Patria

    From the Czech Republic:

    The Bartered Bride
    Rusalka
    Jenufa

    From other miscellaneous countries:

    King Roger (Poland)
    L'Amour de Loin (Finland)
    Bluebeard's Castle (Hungary)

    Operas That Were Nominated but Didn't Make the Final List, by country

    From the United States:

    Amahl and the Night Visitors
    The Crucible
    The Ghosts of Versailles
    Emmeline
    Little Women
    Doctor Atomic
    The Consul
    The Medium
    The Death of Klinghoffer

    From the United Kingdom:

    The Turn of the Screw
    The Tempest
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Theodora
    Orlando
    Tolomeo
    Deidamia

    From France:

    Les Pêcheurs de Perles
    La Damnation de Faust
    Roméo et Juliette
    Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné
    Dardanus
    Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour
    Phaéton
    Amadis
    Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame
    Dinorah
    La Favorite
    Robert Le Diable

    From Germany:

    Die Frau Ohne Schatten
    Die Soldaten
    Euryanthe
    Boulevard Solitude
    Orpheus (Telemann)
    Siroe (Hasse)
    Croesus

    From Italy:

    La fanciulla del West
    Il Tabarro
    Mosè in Egito
    Luce mie traditrice
    Beatrice di Tenda
    La Calisto
    Artemisia (Cavalli)
    L'Ormindo
    Griselda (Scarlatti)
    Turandot
    Orlando Furioso (Vivaldi)

    From Russia:

    Betrothal in a Monastery
    A Life for the Tsar
    The Fiery Angel
    The Golden Cockerel
    The Tale of the Tsar Saltan

    From Austria:

    Die lustige Witwe

    From the Czech Republic:

    Kat'a Kabanova
    From the House of the Dead
    The Cunning Little Vixen

    From other miscellaneous countries:

    Le Grand Macabre (Hungary)
    Ainadamar (Argentina)
    Il Guarany (Brazil)
    Maskarade (Denmark)
    El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Spain)

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    STATS

    108 operas made the list of Masterpieces. 60 others were nominated but didn't make it.

    Italy came first with 34 masterpieces, Germany second with 15, the UK third with 14. Then France contributed with 13, Austria with 12, and Russia with 10. The United States had 4, and the Czech Republic had 3. Polland, Finland, and Hungary had 1 each.

    As far as composers go, the top ones were, unsurprisingly, Verdi with 9, Wagner with 9, Handel with 7, Mozart with 7, Rossini with 5, Donizetti with 5, and Puccini with 4.

    The most ancient opera to make it was L'Orfeo by Monteverdi, from 1607. The most recent one was Written on Skin by George Benjamin, from 2012.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); June 15th, 2015 at 02:07 AM.
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    The list above refers to a voting process that has been closed, and can no longer be modified.

    Comments (agrees and disagrees, omissions, etc.) however can be posted here after this post.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    L'Incoronazione di Dario by Vivaldi, Italy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
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