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The Best Italian Operas 

Buster McDermott
Updated June 14, 2019 2.6k votes 607 voters 15.5k views 25 items
While opera isn’t a genre too many people are very familiar with, opera can be the most amazing experience of in the world; there’s nothing quite like the passion of the well-trained human voice filling an entire room such a powerful way. Some great, well-known operas are in Italian, but what are the best Italian operas of all time?
 
The operas on this list include some of history’s greatest operas of all time. Many well-known composers wrote these incredible Italian operas, including Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Vincenzo Bellini. All of these composers were of Italian birth and forever changed the course of music history in their time periods. In fact, their works are still being celebrated and performed across the globe today.
 
This list features the best Italian operas, ranked by voters, including: Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Barbiere De Siviglia, La Gioconda, La Traviata, L’elisir D’amore, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, and Turandot. Vote up the best Italian operas below.
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Tosca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Tosca Giacomo Puccini
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La bohème is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La bohème Giacomo Puccini
La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri ...more
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Don Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte
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Rigoletto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi
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Cosi Fan Tutte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cosi Fan Tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Luisa Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Italian Operas
cupdepuck added Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi
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Aida is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Giuseppe Verdi
Aida (also known as Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida) is a musical based on the opera of the same name written by Antonio Ghislanzoni with music by Giuseppe Verdi. It has music by Elton John, ...more
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La Traviata is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi
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Madama Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini
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Turandot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Turandot Giacomo Puccini
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Nabucco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi
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The Barber of Seville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini, Pierre de Beaumarchais
The Barber of Seville or the Useless Precaution is a French play by Pierre Beaumarchais, with original music by Antoine-Laurent Baudron. It was initially conceived as a comic opera, and was ...more
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The Marriage of Figaro ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte
The Marriage of Figaro (French: La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro")) is a comedy in five acts, written in 1778 by Pierre ...more
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Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo
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Il Trovatore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi
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Cavalleria Rusticana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cavalleria Rusticana Pietro Mascagni
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Norma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Norma Vincenzo Bellini
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Otello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Otello Giuseppe Verdi
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Idomeneo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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L’elisir D’amore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Italian Operas
L’elisir D’amore Gaetano Donizetti
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Manon Lescaut is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini
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La Gioconda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La Gioconda Amilcare Ponchielli
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La Wally is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Newhere added La Wally
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Orfeo Ed Euridice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Newhere added Orfeo Ed Euridice
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Rustic Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Rustic Chivalry Pietro Mascagni