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arts List of Famous English Operas

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List of classical and contemporary operas performed in English, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The operas listed below were all either performed or composed in English. The names of these English operas include information like who the composer of each opera was. You can also filter this list of historic English operas for specific information, such as when it was first performed. Examples include Einstein on the Beach and Billy Budd.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best English operas?" and "What operas were composed in the English language?"

Use this list to find out which operas were composed in English. If you're writing a research paper about famous English operas then this list is the perfect resource for finding useful information.

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1000 Airplanes on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous English Operas

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A Flowering Tree is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Flowering Tree John Coolidge Adams

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A Hand of Bridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Hand of Bridge Samuel Barber

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A Little Nightmare Music is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Little Nightmare Music Peter Schickele

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A Night at the Chinese Opera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous English Operas

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A Night in Old Paris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Night in Old Paris Henry Kimball Hadley

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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Quiet Place Leonard Bernstein

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A Village Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Village Romeo and Juliet Frederick Delius

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Albert Herring is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Albert Herring Benjamin Britten

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Albion and Albanius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Albion and Albanius Louis Grabu

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Alfred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Alfred Thomas Arne

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Amahl and the Night Visitors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Anna Karenina Iain Hamilton

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Antony and Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Antony and Cleopatra Samuel Barber

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Appomattox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Appomattox Philip Glass

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Artaxerxes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Artaxerxes Thomas Arne

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At the Boar's Head is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous English Operas
At the Boar's Head Gustav Holst

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Bandanna, the opera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Bandanna, the opera Daron Hagen

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Bang! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Bang! John Rutter

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Batavia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Batavia Richard Mills

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Beatrice Chancy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Beatrice Chancy James Rolfe

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Billy Budd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Billy Budd Benjamin Britten

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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Black Widow Thomas Pasatieri

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Blue Monday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Blue Monday George Gershwin

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Casanova's Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Casanova's Homecoming Dominick Argento

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Castle Agrazant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Castle Agrazant Ralph Lyford

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Cleopatra's Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Cleopatra's Night Henry Kimball Hadley

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Comus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Comus Thomas Arne

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Days and Nights with Christ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Days and Nights with Christ Constantine Koukias

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Dead Man Walking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Dead Man Walking Jake Heggie

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Death in Venice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Death in Venice Benjamin Britten

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Dido and Aeneas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell

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Dioclesian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Dioclesian Henry Purcell

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Doctor Atomic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Doctor Atomic John Coolidge Adams

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Eight Songs for a Mad King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Eight Songs for a Mad King Peter Maxwell Davies

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Einstein on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass

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Elegy for Young Lovers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Elegy for Young Lovers Hans Werner Henze

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Eliza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Eliza Thomas Arne

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Esther is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Esther Hugo Weisgall

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Facing Goya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Facing Goya Michael Nyman

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Fennimore and Gerda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Fennimore and Gerda Frederick Delius

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Four Saints in Three Acts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Four Saints in Three Acts Virgil Thomson

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Freshwater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Freshwater Andy Vores

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Frida is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Frida Robert Xavier Rodriguez

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Galileo Galilei Philip Glass

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Gloriana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Gloriana Benjamin Britten

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Harold or the Norman Conquest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Harold or the Norman Conquest Frederic Hymen Cowen

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Henry Clifford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Henry Clifford Isaac Albéniz

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Hercules George Frideric Handel

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Hugh the Drover is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Hugh the Drover Ralph Vaughan Williams