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Top Operas List -
Most Famous

by Vaughn Aubuchon

The table below lists the 12 most famous operas of all time, in chronological order, based upon my impartial judgment (Ha!).
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The 12 TOP OPERAS
In Chronological Order

Year

Opera

Composer

First
Name

1
1786

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart

Amadeus

2
1787

Don Giovanni

Mozart

Amadeus

3
1791

The Magic Flute

Mozart

Amadeus

-

-

-

-

-

4
1816

Barber of Seville

Rossini

Gioacchino

5
1851

Rigoletto

Verdi

Guiseppe

6
1853

La Traviata

Verdi

Guiseppe

7
1871

Aida

Verdi

Guiseppe

8
1875

Carmen

Bizet

Georges

9
1892

Pagliacci

Leoncavallo

Ruggiero

10
1896

La Boheme

Puccini

Giacomo

-

 -

 -

 -

 -

11
1900

Tosca

Puccini

Giacomo

12
1904

Madame Butterfly

Puccini

Giacomo

Arguably, the most important opera composers were Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

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50

200 - 450

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DISCLAIMER
I have searched the internet high and low for a "short list" of the most famous operas, to no avail. All lists are longer than your arm. I don't care about 100 operas. I just wanted to know the top 10 operas. I prefer short summaries. So I made this list. It is based purely upon my perceptions, and may not be correct. I hope that you like it.

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