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The best Operas of all times!

Updated on May 6, 2015

Was Jussi one of the best ever?


The best 12 ever! Please tell me below which operas you thought were the best.

Opera Houses around the world, and here in N.Y.S. are still selling large numbers of tickets to many of the shows listed below. Feel free at the bottom to tell me what your favorite and, where you saw it or them etc.

Who I left out: I did not want to leave out Sweeney Todd, because that one is electric and intense! But, maybe you can it a Musical or an Opera? If I do a list of the best musicals, Todd, Cats, and The Phantom would have to be included! Tell me your thoughts below.

Thanks for reading!

12. Otello- By Verdi: Very few wrote Operas like Verdi did! This is his first but not his last appearance on this list.

11. Rigoletto- By Verdi : The version with Pavarotti is the most popular, for reasons that I am sure are obvious!

10. The Magic Flute-By Mozart : Mozart knew Opera and this one is still popular all around our world.

9. La Traviata- By Verdi : Verdi again appears. Other than Puccini, who knew Italian Opera like Verdi?

Opera collections can make a great gift.

Operas is a great form of art that everyone should at least give an ear and eye to!

8. The Barber of Seville - By Rossini: One of the most famous and parodied Operas ever! I will never forget how Alpha on The Little Rascals butchered this one! The Looney Tunes and The Little Rascals liked this one also, and introduced Opera to new generations.

7. La Bohiem- By Puccini- There were so many Puccinis that he could have dominated this entire list. Some argue that this one is the most popular in the world. Angela Gheorghiu and Anne Nebrebko's versions are among the best.

6. Aida-By Verdi : I love the chorus in this production and I consider this to be the one that really made Verdi. His named and popularity soared after this.

5. Madam Butterfly- By Pucinni: Among the most popular, this is a tragic and compelling story. Puccini will never be topped or forgotten!

4. Carmen- By Bizet: I don't know one person who has not heard Habenarra or another part of this one! Bizet is the best one hit wonder in Opera!

3.Don Giovanni- By Mozart: Mr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes' favorite. Mozart was a real legend in this genre. Few could rival him.

2. Nozze di Figaro-By Mozart: This is probably my favorite. I especially love the version with Rene Flemming. This was the one played in Shaw Shank Redemption that Morgan Freeman's character remarked about.

1. Tosca- By Pucinni: Known for it's realism, Tosca is an action packed drama, set in three different parts of Rome.Puccini was a master and that is why he owns the top spot. This was his best work in my opinion!

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave me a comment. Since the comments on the 12 best Opera singers ever got so out of control, I do not allow insults or threats to be published here. It is my blog. Why would I want to read hate speech on here? Feel free to check out the 12 best Opera Singers ever!

One of the greats.

The master himself, and his music.

A brand new way to enjoy Operas!

Fandango now puts many Operas on the silver screen.

What is great about this is, you can find an Opera and a city that shows it right on their website. Opera on the big scree is a great convenience for those of us that do not live in a giant metropolis!

A perennial favorite!

The Swedish Master!


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    • Huntgoddess profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hey, Mike, I'm ashamed of myself, that I've never responded to your comment from TEN MONTHS AGO!!!!

      OMG, MY BAD --- Please forgive????

      :-)) I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR ATTITUDE ABOUT THOSE LADIES!! I wish we could build a time machine. Then I'd go back and take you with me, to tell those ladies. I would have loved that.

      I was just a poor single mom, and college student. I was too scared to remind them of their boorish manners. I was by myself.

      I've never seen the Robert Downey, Jr. versions of Holmes. From what I've seen --- It looks like a lot of style without much substance. Typical Hollywood!

      My son loves Don Giovanni. There are some references to it in Our Mutual Friend, in which my son appeared in the role of Mortimer Lightwood.

      Hey, Mike, keep writing these Hubs. They're most informative and educational for me. I'm hoping to learn more --- about each opera AND each composer. Do the composers also write the words ("libretto" right? --- I learned that from Amadeus, the movie) Or is it different for each?

      What about the stories? Are they usually folks tales, or legends, or original works?5

      I'm looking forward to learning more from your Hubs. I hope perhaps you write a biography of each composer, for one thing?

      Thanks, Mike, for this beauty you have shared with us.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Well those to ladies would have been told to go outside and sing if I was there! That would have been all over soon. LOL

      Robert Downey Jr. mentioned it in the first Holmes movie. It was a great one!

      Yhanks for the input.


    • Huntgoddess profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      How could I not have know that Don Giovanni was Holmes' favorite? I'm a huge fan of Holmes.

      I think perhaps you could write an entire Hub on each of these operas separately. I certainly would enjoy reading that, because I don't know much, but have always wanted to learn.

      I've only seen a few operas on PBS. Also, of course --- some scenes from movies like Amadeus.

      Once I did go to a live opera performance in Pittsburgh. I think it was Faust. (A lady is in prison with her baby? The priest turns out to be Mephistopheles. Is that the one?)

      There were two ladies in front of me who just carried on a conversation about the people in their office all during the entire opera. It was very distracting.


    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      A phantom poster left a comment that had irrelevant parts in it. Here is the part that matched this hub. From Dame Scribe "This a great list of beautiful performances to see and help for newbies. :)"

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      9 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

      Love this hub - well done! I wrote a similar one.

      Voted useful



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