Welcome to Cornerstones, your source for information on the most frequently performed operas!

This site was developed by OPERA America in conjunction with several of its member companies to provide a comprehensive resource for aficionados and newcomers alike. New materials will be added frequently, so visit often!

(Images courtesy of The Minnesota Opera)

New to opera? Cornerstones can help you with the basics!
By clicking on an individual opera title, you'll find a synopsis, a composer biography, photos, and audio clips - everything you need to begin exploring the magic of opera.

Already a fan? Cornerstones is a great resource for in-depth information!

See your favorite operas in a new light, with background articles that explore musical and historical context, as well as recommendations for further reading, listening, and viewing.

Find a performance in your area using OPERA America's Season Schedule Database!

This comprehensive database includes performance and cast data for more than 100 opera companies across North America. Search by work title, composer, company, location, singer, or any combination of these.

Cornerstones was created in partnership with Boston Lyric Opera and The Minnesota Opera with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Target Foundation.

1. Madama Butterfly
2. La bohème
3. La traviata
4. Carmen
5. The Barber of Seville
6. The Marriage of Figaro
7. Don Giovanni
8. Tosca
9. Rigoletto
10. The Magic Flute
11. La Cenerentola
12. Turandot
13. Lucia di Lammermoor
14. Pagliacci
15. Cosî fan tutte
16. Aida
17. Il trovatore
18. Faust
19. Die Fledermaus
20. The Elixir of Love