The Best French Operas

The world of opera isn’t a world that the average person is too familiar with. In the modern world of musicals and movies, singing and modern dance, entertainment like opera and ballet have become less popular than they were decades ago. Still, an opera can be the most beautiful experience of a lifetime; there’s just nothing like the power of the mastered human voice filling an entire room in such an elegant way. France is a country known for great operas, but what are the best French operas?

The operas on this list range in genre – some are romance, others drama, and there are even a few comedies featured here. These are the best French operas, and they have been ranked by voters. Even if you haven’t had the luxury of experiencing an opera in person there are several ways to see them online.

This list features the best French operas including The Tales of Hoffman, Carmen, Faust, Le Devin Du Village, Guillame Tell, Cadmus Et Hermione, Iphigenie En Tauride, Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour, and Hippolyte Et Aricie. Vote up the best French operas below.
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  • Carmen


    Georges Bizet
    169 votes
  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    Jacques Offenbach, Jules Barbier
    114 votes
  • Les Troyens

    Les Troyens

    Hector Berlioz
    114 votes
  • Romeo Et Juliette by Charles Gounod

    Romeo Et Juliette by Charles Gounod

    96 votes
  • Dialogues des Carmélites

    Dialogues des Carmélites

    Francis Poulenc
    87 votes
  • La voix humaine

    La voix humaine

    Francis Poulenc, Jean Cocteau
    135 votes
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