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    Most Recommended / Favorite Operas according to the Opera Lively community

    Enjoy these extraordinary operas recommended by the Opera Lively community!

    [Also consult our recommendations for the best CDs and DVDs of these operas, (here)]


    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]

    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)
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); May 2nd, 2016 at 03:42 AM. Reason: Typos
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