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Music The Best French Operas  

Buster McDermott
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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Operas
Carmen Georges Bizet

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Lakme is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Operas
Lakme Leo Delibes

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Faust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Operas
Faust Charles Gounod

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Les Troyens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Operas
Les Troyens Hector Berlioz

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Pelleas Et Melisande is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Operas
Pelleas Et Melisande Claude Debussy

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Samson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Operas
Samson and Delilah Camille Saint-Saens

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The Tales of Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Operas
The Tales of Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach, Jules Barbier

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Les Pecheurs De Perles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Operas
Les Pecheurs De Perles Georges Bizet

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Romeo Et Juliette by Charles G... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Operas
Leif Bering added Romeo Et Juliette by Charles Gounod

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Guillame Tell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Operas
Guillame Tell Gioacchino Rossini, Wilhelm Tell

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Hippolyte Et Aricie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Operas
Hippolyte Et Aricie Jean-Phillippe Rameau

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Alceste is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Operas
Alceste Christoph Willibald Gluck

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L'enphant Et Les Sortilege... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Operas
L'enphant Et Les Sortileges Maurice Ravel

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Cadmus Et Hermione is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Operas
Cadmus Et Hermione Jean-Baptiste Lully

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Le Roi D'Ys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Operas
Le Roi D'Ys Edouard Lalo

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Iphigenie En Tauride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Operas
Iphigenie En Tauride Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Iphigenie En Aulide is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Operas
Iphigenie En Aulide Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Orpheus in the Underworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Operas
Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach

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L'africaine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Operas
L'africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer

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Pénélope is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Operas
Pénélope Gabriel Faure

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Ariane Et Barbe-bleue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Operas
Ariane Et Barbe-bleue Paul Dukas

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Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Operas
Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour Gerard Presgurvic

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Le Devin Du Village is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Operas
Le Devin Du Village Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Fernand Cortez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Operas
Fernand Cortez Gaspare Spontini

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Gwendoline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Operas
Gwendoline Emmanuel Chabrier

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Daphnis Et Chloé is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Operas
Daphnis Et Chloé Jacques Offenbach

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Véronique is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Operas
Véronique Andre Messager

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The Little Michus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Operas
The Little Michus Andre Messager

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Benvenuto Cellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Operas
Benvenuto Cellini Hector Berlioz, Henri Auguste Barbier

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Bacchus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Operas
Bacchus Jules Massenet

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Déjanire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Operas
Déjanire Camille Saint-Saens

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Hélène is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Operas
Hélène Camille Saint-Saens

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Mozart a Recanati is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Operas
Mozart a Recanati Lorenzo Ferrero ^! Vincenzo De Vivo

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Rodrigue Et Chimène is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Operas
Rodrigue Et Chimène Claude Debussy