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The Best Opera Songs

What are the best opera songs of all time? With so many possibilities and choices, it's hard to come up with a definitive list, but that's exactly what's going on here. This list includes some of the most popular opera arias from the best operas ever, complete with videos, wherever possible. Vote for the opera songs you love the most, vote down any you don't like and please, do add any choices that might be missing. You can also re-rank this list of the best opera songs any way you like.

If you're an opera aficionado, most if not all of these great opera songs will be instantly familiar to you. If you're sitting there thinking, "I don't know the first thing about opera," you might be wrong. Many of the most famous opera arias are used in popular culture. Some are used as background music for commercials and certainly for movie trailers.

One big example of an opera song used in pop culture is "The Flower Duet," from the French opera Lakme. This song can be found in several commercials and movies, including ads for British Airways and the films The Hunger, The American President and Meet the Parents, among others. And Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," from his famous opera Die Walküre, can be heard in several major films, including Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now.

See? Even if you think you don't know opera, you do, sort of. You will after perusing this list and watching some of the videos, too.

No list of the best opera songs would be complete without songs from one of the most famous operas ever, George Bizet's Carmen. Of those songs, "Habanera" is probably the most well-known, but there are many others. If your favorite Carmen aria isn't listed, again, feel free to add it.

A truly outstanding opera song is memorable, emotional and very personal. Not everyone likes the same things – that's part of what makes music so wonderful, after all. Everyone has differing opinions, so enjoy giving yours with your votes here.
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    O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Greg Nessun dorma (Turandot)

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    The Lakme Flower Duet

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    Largo Al Factotum from The Barber of Seville

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    Carmen: Toreador Song

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    Apocalypse Now: Ride of the Valkyries (Oslo-Filharmonien, feat. conductor: Mariss Jansons)

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    La Traviata: Brindisi

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    Casta diva: from Norma

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Seguidilla

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    Una furtiva lagrima (L'Elisir d'Amore)

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    added by Verdian chorus Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor) Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Va, Pensiero

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    ranked low on reranks O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

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    Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: II. Dies Irae

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    added by BeatriceMeltemiFanetti Bella figlia dell'amore

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    ranked high on reranks & added by BeatriceMeltemiFanetti Aida: Act 2, "Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta"

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    ranked high on reranks Don Pasquale: Act I, Scene 4. "Quel guardo il cavaliere" (Norina) (Vienna Opera Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: István Kertész)

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    ranked low on reranks Un Bel Di, Vedremo From "Madame Butterfly"

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    ranked low on reranks La Tosca: Vissi d'arte

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    Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman

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    Quando me'n vo' (Musetta's Waltz Song)

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    new! Dove Sono (The Marriage of Figaro)

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    Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, La Bohème

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    Intermezzo

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    Un di felice eterea, La Traviata

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    added by Jean1 Di Provenza Il Mar, Il Suol... (Germont)

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    added by ilovemartincounty Summertime from Porgy and Bess

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    Celeste Aida

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    Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act I, Scene IX. No. 7 Duettino "Là ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)

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    added by Verdian chorus Opera

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    added by roxbury E Lucevan Le Stelle (Tosca)

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    added by roxbury Requiem, Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu "Pie Jesu Domine"

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    added by Greg Carmen, Act I: Avec la garde montante

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