Widely regarded as the first operatic masterwork.
One of the first of Cavalli's operas to be revived in the 20th century.
Often considered to be the first genuine English-language operatic masterwork.
First all-Italian opera performed on the London stage.
Noted for the richness of its orchestration.
Rameau's first opera caused great controversy at its premiere.
Both this opera and Alcina enjoy high critical reputations today
Both this work and Ariodante were part of Handel's first opera season at Covent Garden.
Gluck's most popular opera
Composed when Mozart was 14 and written for a demanding cast of star singers.[
Last of three that Haydn set to libretti by Carlo Goldoni.
Gluck's "last and perhaps greatest masterpiece".
An early Rossini work, this opera is outright farsa comica.
This opera stands out among Rossini's output for its frequent ensembles and absence of aria.
A landmark in the history of British opera, this work marked Britten's arrival on the international music scene
Britten's comic opera is heavily based upon use of the ensemble.
Tippett's second opera, set to another of his own "recondite" libretti, was inspired by Homer's Iliad.
Written in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt and not performed until 1975.
A comic opera based on a play by Ben Jonson.
Poulenc's major opera is set in a convent during the French Revolution.
This Christmas story was the first opera specifically written for television.
Often rated as Vaughan Williams's finest opera, this short, fatalistic tragedy is set on the Aran Isles in the west of Ireland.
Puccini's last opera was left unfinished at his death.
A short Zemlinsky opera inspired by a work by Oscar Wilde.
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