The Top 20 Most Fequently Performed Operas in North America
Operas 16 - 20
Opera Listings: 1-5 >> 6-10 >> 11-15 >> 16-20
  16. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

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taken by Gary Mortensen)


Background Notes
Synopsis
The Aftermath
French and German Influences
Verdi Biography
Verdi Catalog of Works


  17. Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

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Background Notes
Synopsis
Historical Context
Structure, Characters and Connections
Antonio Garcia Gutierrez and the Romantic Drama
The Quintessential Bel Canto
Verdi Biography
Verdi Catalog of Works


Listen -
?Anvil Chorus? from Il trovatore, featuring the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus with Donald Nally, Chorusmaster, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maurizio Barbacini. Excerpt courtesy of Opera Company of Philadelphia.

  18. Faust by Charles Gounod

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taken by Gary Mortensen)






Synopsis
Faust Through the Ages
Opera in France During the Second Empire
Gounod Biography
Gounod Catalog of Works

Listen -
?Jewel Song? from Faust, featuring Mary Mills as Marguerite and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. Excerpt courtesy of Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Listen -
?Me voici? from Faust, featuring William Burden as Faust, Richard Bernstein as Mephistopheles, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. Excerpt courtesy of Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Listen to Samuel Ramey discuss Mephistopheles from Faust with Norman Pellegrini.
  19. Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss

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Background Notes
Synopsis
Opera in Vienna
Strauss Biography
Catalog of Strauss Operas

  20. The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti

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Background Notes
Synopsis
Comic Opera
Donizetti Biography
Donizetti Catalog of Operas

Listen -
?Esulti pur la Barbara? from Elixir of Love featuring William Burden as Nemorino, Christine Brandes as Adina, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maurizio Barbacini. Excerpt courtesy of Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Listen to Elizabeth Futral discuss Adina from Elixir of Love with Peter Russell from Opera Colorado.

Opera Listings: 1-5 >> 6-10 >> 11-15 >> 16-20

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