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Opera The Best Italian Operas  

Buster McDermott
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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.
list ordered by

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69 17
La Traviata is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi

2
37 9
Tosca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Tosca Giacomo Puccini

3
33 7
La bohème is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Giacomo Puccini

4
29 5
Turandot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Turandot Giacomo Puccini

5
30 6
Aida is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Giuseppe Verdi

6
20 5
Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo

7
23 9
Don Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

8
17 4
The Marriage of Figaro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

9
19 6
Rigoletto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi

10
23 10
Madama Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini

11
12 2
Il Trovatore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi

12
14 4
Cavalleria Rusticana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cavalleria Rusticana Pietro Mascagni

13
12 3
Cosi Fan Tutte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cosi Fan Tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

14
11 3
L'elisir D'amore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Italian Operas
L'elisir D'amore Gaetano Donizetti

15
11 4
Norma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Norma Vincenzo Bellini

16
13 6
Otello is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Otello Giuseppe Verdi

17
14 7
The Barber of Seville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini, Pierre de Beaumarchais

18
6 1
Le Nozze Di Figaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Le Nozze Di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

19
7 3
Nabucco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi

20
6 3
Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo

21
5 2
Idomeneo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

22
3 0
Orfeo Ed Euridice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Newhere added Orfeo Ed Euridice

23
10 8
Il Barbiere De Siviglia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Il Barbiere De Siviglia Cesare Sterbini

24
7 5
L’elisir D’amore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Italian Operas
L’elisir D’amore Gaetano Donizetti

25
4 2
Rustic Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Rustic Chivalry Pietro Mascagni

26
6 5
Manon Lescaut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini

27
3 2
La Wally is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Newhere added La Wally

28
5 5
La Gioconda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La Gioconda Amilcare Ponchielli

29
1 2
Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Newhere added Pagliacci