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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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    most listed André Rieu

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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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    Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)

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    ranked low on reranks La Traviata: Brindisi

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    Casta diva: from Norma

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    Una furtiva lagrima (L'Elisir d'Amore)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Seguidilla

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

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

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    Louis van Dijk

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

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    added by BeatriceMeltemiFanetti Bella figlia dell'amore

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    added by BeatriceMeltemiFanetti Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Orchestre Natinal de Paris (sous la direction de ...

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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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    Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, La Bohème

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    added by roxbury E Lucevan Le Stelle (Tosca) Giacomo Puccini

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

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    Intermezzo

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    Dove Sono (The Marriage of Figaro)

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    Un di felice eterea, La Traviata

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    Celeste Aida

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    added by ilovemartincounty Summertime from Porgy and Bess

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

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

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    added by Verdian chorus Opera

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    added by BitzNera Der Holle Rache (The Queen of the Night) Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lucia ...

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    added by BitzNera O Zittre Nicht (The Queen of the Night)

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    new! & added by BitzNera Una Voce Poco Fa (Rosina - The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini )

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    new! & added by BitzNera Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll Song by Olympia - The Tales of Hoffmann)

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

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