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The Best Italian Operas

Updated June 14, 2019 3.8k votes 759 voters 18.9k views25 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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    La bohème

    Giacomo Puccini
    La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by...  more
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    235
    44

    Rigoletto

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    272
    71

    Tosca

    Giacomo Puccini
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    173
    35

    Luisa Miller

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    181
    52

    Aida

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    207
    71

    Don Giovanni

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte
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    192
    82

    La Traviata

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    140
    55

    Madama Butterfly

    Giacomo Puccini
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    117
    44

    Turandot

    Giacomo Puccini
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    90
    27

    Pagliacci

    Ruggero Leoncavallo
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    105
    41

    Nabucco

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    133
    64

    Cosi Fan Tutte

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    71
    16

    Il Trovatore

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    56
    13

    L’elisir D’amore

    Gaetano Donizetti
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    64
    23

    Otello

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    71
    29

    Norma

    Vincenzo Bellini
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    67
    27

    Cavalleria Rusticana

    Pietro Mascagni
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    53
    16

    Manon Lescaut

    Giacomo Puccini
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    44
    14

    La Gioconda

    Amilcare Ponchielli
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    39
    16

    Orfeo Ed Euridice

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    36
    15

    Rustic Chivalry

    Pietro Mascagni
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    64
    56

    The Barber of Seville

    Gioachino Rossini, Pierre de Beaumarchais
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    62
    59

    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...  more
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    28
    44

    Idomeneo

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    10
    37

    La Wally