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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.
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Luisa Miller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Italian Operas
cupdepuck added Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi

2
132 14
Tosca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Tosca Giacomo Puccini

3
107 10
Rigoletto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi

4
125 14
La bohème is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Giacomo Puccini

5
113 12
Don Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

6
90 8
Cosi Fan Tutte is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cosi Fan Tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7
72 38
Madama Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini

8
58 28
Nabucco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi

9
69 37
Aida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Giuseppe Verdi

10
109 74
La Traviata is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Italian Operas
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi

11
48 30
Turandot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Turandot Giacomo Puccini

12
33 23
The Marriage of Figaro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte

13
21 12
Idomeneo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

14
30 21
The Barber of Seville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Italian Operas
The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini, Pierre de Beaumarchais

15
25 17
Norma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Norma Vincenzo Bellini

16
30 22
Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo

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23 18
Cavalleria Rusticana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Cavalleria Rusticana Pietro Mascagni

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16 12
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
19 16
Il Barbiere De Siviglia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Il Barbiere De Siviglia Cesare Sterbini

20
16 13
Il Trovatore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi

21
11 8
Pagliacci is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo

22
15 13
L'elisir D'amore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Italian Operas
L'elisir D'amore Gaetano Donizetti

23
11 9
Manon Lescaut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini

24
18 17
Otello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Italian Operas
Otello Giuseppe Verdi

25
8 8
L’elisir D’amore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Italian Operas
L’elisir D’amore Gaetano Donizetti