View Full Version : Most Recommended / Favorite Operas according to the Opera Lively community

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 26th, 2013, 12:30 AM
Enjoy these extraordinary operas recommended by the Opera Lively community!

[Also consult our recommendations for the best CDs and DVDs of these operas, (here (http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/2103-Opera-Lively-Community-s-favorite-CDs-and-DVDs-for-our-top-100-operas))]


1 to 100, in order:

1. Die Walküre by Wagner
2. Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart
3. Don Giovanni by Mozart
4. La Traviata by Verdi
5. Die Zauberflöte by Mozart
6. Tristan und Isolde by Wagner
7. Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti
8. Norma by Bellini
9. Les Troyens by Berlioz
10. Parsifal by Wagner
11. Don Carlos by Verdi
12. Lohengrin by Wagner
13. Carmen by Bizet
14. Rigoletto by Verdi
15. Tosca by Puccini
16. Così fan tutte by Mozart
17. Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
18. Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky
19. Otello by Verdi
20. Il Trovatore by Verdi
21. Götterdämmerung by Wagner
22. Giulio Cesare by Handel
23. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Wagner
24. Das Rheingold by Wagner
25. Aida by Verdi
26. Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
27. I Puritani by Bellini
28. Madama Butterfly by Puccini
29. Macbeth by Verdi
30. Siegfried by Wagner
31. Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach
32. Simon Boccanegra by Verdi
33. Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Mozart
34. L'Elisir d'Amore by Donizetti
35. Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky
36. La Bohème by Puccini
37. Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi
38. Nabucco by Verdi
39. Manon by Massenet
40. Peter Grimes by Britten
41. Fidelio by Beethoven
42. Tannhäuser by Wagner
43. La Forza del Destino by Verdi
44. La Cenerentola by Rossini
45. Falstaff by Verdi
46. Anna Bolena by Donizetti
47. Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni
48. Guillaume Tell by Rossini
49. Der Fliegende Holländer by Wagner
50. L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi
51. Turandot by Puccini
52. Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
53. Don Pasquale by Donizetti
54. Idomeneo by Mozart
55. Faust by Gounod
56. La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart
57. L'Italiana in Algeri by Rossini
58. Ernani by Verdi
59. Die Tote Stadt by Korngold
60. La Donna del Lago by Rossini
61. La Sonnambula by Bellini
62. Luisa Miller by Verdi
63. Salome by Richard Strauss
64. La Fanciulla del West by Puccini
65. Otello by Rossini
66. Semiramide by Rossini
67. Beatrice di Tenda by Bellini
68. Il Viaggio a Reims by Rossini
69. Die Frau Ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss
70. Un Giorno di Regno by Verdi
71. I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo
72. Der Freischütz by Weber
73. Werther by Massenet
74. Mefistofele by Boito
75. Maria Stuarda by Donizetti
76. Les Indes Galantes by Rameau
77. Porgy and Bess by the Gershwins
78. Ermione by Rossini
79. La Gioconda by Ponchielli
80. Attila by Verdi
81. Rinaldo by Handel
82. Paride ed Elena by Gluck
83. I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini
84. Giovanna d'Arco by Verdi
85. Billy Budd by Britten
86. Serse by Handel
87. Alcina by Handel
88. Lakmé by Delibes
89. I Vespri Siciliani by Verdi
90. Il Corsaro by Verdi
91. L'Orfeo by Monteverdi
92. Il Turco in Italia by Rossini
93. Rusalka by Dvořák
94. Lulu by Berg
95. La Wally by Catalani
96. Les Pêcheurs de Perles by Bizet (tie)
96. Manon Lescaut by Puccini (tie)
98. Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea
99. La Rondine by Puccini
100. Il Pirata by Bellini


Our community has voted for our most recommended or favorite operas, by order of preference. It doesn't mean that we pretend to know what operas are "best" given that this is subjective and the body of operatic pieces is so huge that nobody is equipped to fully compare all of them (numbers are floated around in various sources attesting to the fact that 40,000 to 50,000 operas have been penned so far). Therefore, all that a community like ours can say, is what operas we love most.

Furthermore, given that the number of members who are willing to participate in the voting process is but a sub-set of our membership body, certain operas might have made it into the list thanks to a few members liking them, while in other lists based on expert opinion rather than on "likes" these operas might not be ranked as prominently. That's perfectly fine, exactly because our list is not based on expert opinion but rather on individual tastes, pulled collectively. So, there is no right or wrong. One can't say "it's absurd that opera X was ranked so high." Well, it's not absurd: it stems from the fact that enough Opera Lively voting members like that opera, therefore it is there for this very good reason. The list is what it is: a list of "favorites" established by a specific community; not a list of "best" or "most popular worldwide" or "most historically important" or "most recognized by experts" - readers can find such lists elsewhere. Our list, here, is just what we love.

What is the utility of such a list, given that there are many similar lists online built with various criteria? Well, first of all, we made the list because we had fun doing it. That's a good enough reason. Second, it does have a limited utility for someone approaching the operatic field and trying to figure out what operas to see next. It's a way to recommend certain works to our readers.

The vote took place here: [clicky (http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/1940-The-Opera-Lively-list-of-most-recommended-operas)]

This thread you are reading right now, on the other hand, is for the results only, that is, it lists the winners in the proper order, once they were established. This thread is "closed" and therefore is not for posting comments (a "closed" thread can only be edited by staff members). The above thread that can be accessed by the link provided, however, will remain open for comments.


Those that did not qualify in the top 100, but were also nominated, by order:

87 more operas were nominated but didn't make the 1-100 list. We don't think it is worth breaking the ties on this list, since it all becomes too insignificant in terms of differences, and just a general indication since a hierarchy was given to operas recommended in earlier rounds, but many of these only made it thanks to one Opera Lively member so they can't be seen as a true community recommendation; they are indeed "also run" operas, but at least they were remembered, and listing them here is both a recognition of their value, and a "thank you" to our members who recommended them.

101 - Pelléas et Mélisande
102 - Le Grand Macabre
103 - Nixon in China
104 - La Clemenza di Tito (tie)
104 - La Fanciulla del West (tie)
104 - Albert Herring (tie)
107 - Elektra (tie)
107 - Wozzeck (tie)
109 - Lucrezia Borgia
110 - The Maiden in the Tower (tie)
110 - Susannah (tie)
112 - War and Peace
113 - L'Elisir d'Amore
114 - Written on Skin (tie)
114 - Le Coq d'Or (tie)
114 - Suor Angelica (tie)
114 - The Turn of the Screw (tie)
118 - Khovanshchina
119 - Orlando Furioso
120 - Ernani
121 - L'Amour des Trois Oranges
122 - Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (tie)
122 - Don Quichotte (tie)
122 - Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (tie)
125 - La Damnation de Faust (tie)
125 - Orfeo ed Euridice (tie)
127 - Turandot (tie)
127 - Pique Dame (tie)
129 - Acis and Galatea
130 - Tolomeo
131 - The Merry Widow
132 - Tamerlano (tie)
132 - Prince Igor (tie)
134 - Oresteia
135 - Die Fledermaus
136 - Francesca da Rimini (tie)
136 - Roberto Devereux (tie)
136 - Robert le Diable (tie)
139 - Oberon (tie)
139 - Der Freischütz (tie)
141 - Oscar (tie)
141 - L'Olimpiade (Pergolesi) (tie)
141 - The Gambler (tie)
144 - Armide (Lully)
145 - Il Corsaro
146 - The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
147 - Linda di Chamounix
148 - La favorite
149 - Káťa Kabanová
150 - La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (tie)
150 - Mitridate, Re di Ponto (tie)
150 - Le roi de Lahore (tie)
150 - I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (tie)
154 - Les Boréades
155 - Arabella
156 – Daphne (tie)
156 - Iris (Mascagni) (tie)
158 - Alzira (tie)
158 - Dom Sébastien (tie)
158 - La Fille du Régiment (tie)
161 - Jenůfa (tie)
161 - Iphigénie en Tauride (tie)
161 - Königskinder (tie)
164 - La Battaglia di Legnano (tie)
164 - Rienzi (tie)
166 - I Manasdieri
167 - Theodora
168 - Thaïs
169 - Medea
170 - Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra (tie)
170 - La Cecchina (tie)
172 - La Serva Padrona
173 - Croesus (Keiser)
174 - Roméo et Juliette (tie)
174 - Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa) (tie)
174 - Der Geduldige Sokrates (Telemann) (tie)
177 - Isabeau (Mascagni) (tie)
177 - Agrippina (tie)
179 - Platée
180 - I Due Foscari
181 - Maria di Rohan
182 - Cendrillon
183 - Armida (Rossini) (tie)
183 - Le Villi (tie)
185 - Fierrabras (tie)
185 - The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) (tie)
185 - The Snow Maiden (tie)