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TRENDING List of Famous Opera Composers

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List of famous opera composers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top opera composers in the world? This includes the most prominent opera composers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable opera composers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic opera composers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned opera composers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known opera composers to the lesser known opera composers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the opera composer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous opera composers ever?" and "What are the names of famous opera composers?" then you're in the right place. (103 items)
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, with Richard Wagner, the preëminent opera composer of the 19th century. Verdi dominated the Italian opera scene after the eras of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. His works are ...more

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Age: Died at 88 (1813-1901)

Birthplace: Le Roncole, Busseto, Italy

Profession: Conductor, Opera composer, Composer

Credits: Django Unchained, Mad Max: Fury Road, Being John Malkovich, Twilight

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#2 on The Best Italian Composers of All Time

#9 on The Best Romantic Composers of All Time

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Gian Carlo Menotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Gian Carlo Menotti was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular ...more

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Age: Died at 96 (1911-2007)

Birthplace: Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy

Profession: Opera composer, Librettist

Credits: The Medium, Menotti: Help, Help the Globolinks

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Thomas Pasatieri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Thomas Pasatieri is an American opera composer. ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Opera composer, Pianist, Composer

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Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck was a German composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. After many years at the Habsburg court at Vienna, Gluck brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1714-1787)

Birthplace: Berching, Germany

Profession: Opera composer

Credits: The War of the Worlds: Next Century

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Jules Massenet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet was a French composer best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon and Werther. He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music. While still a ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1842-1912)

Birthplace: Montaud, Hérault, France

Profession: Opera composer

Credits: Manon Lescaut, Pishto Goes Away, Thais

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#10 on The Best French Composers of All Time, Ranked

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Vincenzo Bellini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini was an Italian opera composer, who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania". Many years later, in 1898, Giuseppe Verdi "praised the broad curves of Bellini's melody: 'there are extremely long melodies as ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1801-1835)

Birthplace: Catania, Italy

Profession: Opera composer, Composer

Credits: A Lady's Morals

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Rodolphe Kreutzer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Rodolphe Kreutzer was a French violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer of forty French operas, including La mort d'Abel. He is probably best known as the dedicatee of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, though he never played the work, declaring it unplayable and incomprehensible. Kreutzer ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1766-1831)

Birthplace: Versailles, France

Profession: Conductor, Opera composer, Music pedagogue, Composer Violinist

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Alfredo Catalani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Alfredo Catalani was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley and La Wally. La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani's most famous aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana." This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the ...more

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Age: Died at 39 (1854-1893)

Birthplace: Europe, Province of Lucca, Eurasia, Italy Lucca, + more

Profession: Opera composer

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