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The Best Italian Operas

Updated June 14, 2019 3.7k votes 784 voters 20.1k 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 Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere...  more
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    Rigoletto

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    67

    Tosca

    Giacomo Puccini
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    38

    Luisa Miller

    Giuseppe Verdi

    CharactersMiller, Luisa, Conte di Walter, Rodolfo, Federica

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    66

    Don Giovanni

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte
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    52

    Aida

    Giuseppe Verdi

    CharactersAida, Amneris, Amonasro, Radames, The King of Egypt

    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, lyrics by...  more

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    La Traviata

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    139
    55

    Madama Butterfly

    Giacomo Puccini
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    44

    Turandot

    Giacomo Puccini
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    129
    61

    Cosi Fan Tutte

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    87
    28

    Pagliacci

    Ruggero Leoncavallo
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    69
    16

    Il Trovatore

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    43

    Nabucco

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    63
    22

    Otello

    Giuseppe Verdi
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    69
    28

    Norma

    Vincenzo Bellini
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    53
    14

    L’elisir D’amore

    Gaetano Donizetti
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    66
    28

    Cavalleria Rusticana

    Pietro Mascagni
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    51
    16

    Manon Lescaut

    Giacomo Puccini
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    40
    17

    La Gioconda

    Amilcare Ponchielli
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    35
    18

    Orfeo Ed Euridice

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    33
    18

    Rustic Chivalry

    Pietro Mascagni
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    62
    56

    The Barber of Seville

    Gioachino Rossini, Pierre de Beaumarchais

    CharactersFigaro, Count Almaviva, Doctor Bartolo, Youthful, Bazile

    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 rejected...  more
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    The Marriage of Figaro

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

    CharactersFigaro, Count Almaviva, Countess Rosine, Antonio, Cherubin

    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 Beaumarchais. This play is...  more
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    Idomeneo

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    13
    39

    La Wally