• Opera In-Depth Project

    by Published on December 10th, 2011 06:31 PM     Number of Views: 4444 

    One of the most important areas of our site is our Opera In-Depth project. These are detailed articles with analysis of 100 major operas. They will be published progressively, as they are long and time consuming to write. The next article under this section has a list of the 100 operas we have selected for the project.

    To navigate through these articles, click on the Section widget and the various "+" signs to open up the tree of articles. As more In-Depth articles get finished, they will be added to the widget which will function as the index for the project.

    For each opera, we will prepare an in-Depth presentation, following more or less closely this schema:

    1. Introduction (a brief explanation of the opera, something similar in content to a Wiki article)

    2. The genesis of the Opera (reviewing the literary sources, the process of composition, other operas on the same subject...)

    3. Around the opera (some brief presentations on related subjects)

    4. The Characters and their vocality (including how the music depict them, some singers that have made great interpretations of this particular opera, musical examples,...)

    5. Musical Analysis (this part could be short or long, and more or less technical)

    6. Discography (cd, dvd,...)

    7. The Opera in the Opera House (past productions, how the opera is treated today...)

    Click on the next article in this section to learn about our list of 100 operas.
    by Published on December 15th, 2011 04:00 AM     Number of Views: 12113 

    In this project, we will try to capture in 100 operas the history of the genre, from Monteverdi to the 21st century.

    Of course, such a list is always a compromise among which operas are best, most popular, most historically significant, or most representative of different periods, styles, countries, composers, etc. We cannot take, for instance, 20 operas by Verdi, even if arguably the less accomplished of those Verdi operas could be a better piece than the first of other composers. We will be missing the objective of the list.

    Many changes could be suggested to the names below, but it's the opinion of Opera Lively staff that this version of such a difficult list to complete (it's certainly much easier to think of what should be on such a list than left off it!), provides a reasonably good undestanding of what the genre of Opera has been offering since the last 400 odd years.

    Opera Composer Year
    La favola d'Orfeo Monteverdi 1607
    L'incoronazione di Poppea Monteverdi 1635
    Acis et Galatée Lully 1686
    Dido and Aeneas Purcell 1689
    Rinaldo Händel 1711
    Giulio Cesare in Egitto Händel 1724
    Rodelinda Händel 1725
    Tito Manlio Vivaldi 1733
    La serva padrona Pergolesi 1733
    Les Indes Galantes Rameau 1735
    Orfeo ed Euridice Glück 1762
    Die Entführung aus dem Serail Mozart 1782
    Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart 1786
    Don Giovanni Mozart 1787
    Così fan tutte Mozart 1790
    Die Zauberflöte Mozart 1791
    Il matrimonio segreto Cimarosa 1792
    Medea Cherubini 1797
    Tancredi Rossini 1813
    L'Italiana in Algeri Rossini 1813
    Fidelio Beethoven 1814
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rossini 1816
    Der Freischütz Weber 1821
    Guillaume Tell Rossini 1829
    La sonnambula Bellini 1831
    Norma Bellini 1831
    L'elisir d'amore Donizetti 1832
    I Puritani Bellini 1835
    Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti 1835
    Maria Stuarda Donizetti 1835
    La Juive Halévy 1835
    Les Huguenots Meyerbeer 1836
    Zhizn' za tsarya (A Life for the Tsar) Glinka 1836
    Macbeth Verdi 1843
    Der Fliegende Holländer Wagner 1843
    Tannhäuser Wagner 1845
    Lohengrin Wagner 1848
    Rigoletto Verdi 1851
    Les Troyens Berlioz 1853
    La Traviata Verdi 1853
    Il Trovatore Verdi 1853
    Faust Gounod 1859
    Tristan und Isolde Wagner 1859
    Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride) Smetana 1866
    Don Carlo Verdi 1867
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner 1867
    Aida Verdi 1871
    Boris Godunov Mussorgksi 1872
    Der Ring des Nibelungen Wagner 1874
    Carmen Bizet 1875
    Samson et Dalila Saint-Saëns 1877
    Yevgeni Onegin Tchaikovsky 1879
    Les Contes d'Hoffmann Offenbach 1880
    La Gioconda Ponchielli 1880
    Simon Boccanegra Verdi 1881
    Parsifal Wagner 1882
    Manon Massenet 1884
    Otello Verdi 1887
    Pagliacci Leoncavallo 1890
    Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni 1890
    Pikovaya dama Tchaikovsky 1890
    Werther Massenet 1892
    Falstaff Verdi 1893
    Andrea Chénier Giordano 1896
    La Bohème Puccini 1896
    Tosca Puccini 1900
    Rusalka Dvorak 1901
    Adriana Lecouvreur Cilea 1902
    Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy 1902
    Jenufa Janacek 1904
    Madama Butterfly Puccini 1904
    Salome Strauss 1905
    Elektra Strauss 1909
    Der Rosenkavalier Strauss 1911
    Ariadne auf Naxos Strauss 1912
    A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle) Bartók 1913
    Il Trittico Puccini 1917
    Die Tote Stadt Korngold 1920
    Káta Kabanová Janacek 1921
    Wozzeck Berg 1925
    Doktor Faust Busoni 1925
    Cardillac Hindemith 1926
    Vec Makropulos Janacek 1926
    Turandot Puccini 1926
    Moses und Aron Schönberg 1934
    Lady Macbeth Shostakovich 1934
    Porgy & Bess Gershwin 1935
    Lulu Berg 1937
    Peter Grimes Britten 1945
    Voyna i mir (War and Peace) Prokofiev 1945
    The Consul Menotti 1950
    Billy Budd Britten 1951
    The rake's progress Stravinsky 1951
    The Turn of the Screw Britten 1954
    Dialogues des Carmélites Poulenc 1957
    Die Soldaten Zimmermann 1965
    Saint François d'Assise Messiaen 1983
    Nixon in China Adams 1987
    Luci mie traditrici Sciarrino 1998
    L'amour de loin Saariaho 2000

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