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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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La voix humaine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Operas
coolcolline added La voix humaine Francis Poulenc, Jean Cocteau
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Dialogues des Carmélites is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Operas
Brennan Milligan added Dialogues des Carmélites Francis Poulenc
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Les Troyens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Operas
Les Troyens Hector Berlioz
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Romeo Et Juliette by Charles G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Operas
Leif Bering added Romeo Et Juliette by Charles Gounod
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L'enphant Et Les Sortilege... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Operas
L'enphant Et Les Sortileges Maurice Ravel
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Orpheus in the Underworld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Operas
Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach
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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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Lakme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Operas
Lakme Leo Delibes
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Samson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Operas
Samson and Delilah Camille Saint-Saens
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Pelleas Et Melisande is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Operas
Pelleas Et Melisande Claude Debussy
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Hippolyte Et Aricie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Operas
Hippolyte Et Aricie Jean-Phillippe Rameau
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Iphigenie En Aulide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Operas
Iphigenie En Aulide Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Alceste is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Operas
Alceste Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Fernand Cortez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Operas
Fernand Cortez Gaspare Spontini
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Ariane Et Barbe-bleue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Operas
Ariane Et Barbe-bleue Paul Dukas
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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Operas
Carmen Georges Bizet
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L'africaine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Operas
L'africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer
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Le Roi D'Ys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Operas
Le Roi D'Ys Edouard Lalo
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Iphigenie En Tauride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Operas
Iphigenie En Tauride Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Cadmus Et Hermione is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Operas
Cadmus Et Hermione Jean-Baptiste Lully
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Véronique is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Operas
Véronique Andre Messager
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Pénélope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Operas
Pénélope Gabriel Faure
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Gwendoline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Operas
Gwendoline Emmanuel Chabrier
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Déjanire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Operas
Déjanire Camille Saint-Saens