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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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    Carl Orff More
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    Habanera (Carmen)

    André Rieu More
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    Nessun dorma (Turandot)

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Léo Delibes More
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    Gioacchino Rossini More
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    Georges Bizet More
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    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Vincenzo Bellini More
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    Georges Bizet More
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    Gaetano Donizetti More
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    Richard Wagner More
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    Louis van Dijk More
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart More
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    O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    new! Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor) Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Va, Pensiero

    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Un Bel Di, Vedremo From "Madame Butterfly"

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Gaetano Donizetti More
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    La Tosca: Vissi d'arte

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Quando me'n vo' (Musetta's Waltz Song)

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman

    Jacques Offenbach More
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    Dove Sono (The Marriage of Figaro)

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    Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, La Bohème

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Intermezzo

    Pietro Mascagni More
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    Un di felice eterea, La Traviata

    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Di Provenza Il Mar, Il Suol... (Germont)

    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Celeste Aida

    Giuseppe Verdi More
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    Requiem, Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu

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    E Lucevan Le Stelle (Tosca)

    Giacomo Puccini More
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    Summertime from Porgy and Bess

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    Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act I, Scene IX. No. 7 Duettino

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    Opera

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    Carmen, Act I: Avec la garde montante

    Georges Bizet More
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