The Greatest Operas of All Time, Ranked

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List of the best operas of all time - a comprehensive greatest opera list that includes work that includes works from all over the world by Italian, French, German, Austrian, Russian, Czech, and American composers, and many more. This list features a variety of operatic genres and styles, including opera seria, opera buffa, opera comique, as well as bel canto and Singspiel styles of singing. Be sure to vote for the famous operas you believe are the greatest of all time, and vote down any you don't like. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want.

What makes a great opera so great? A compelling storyline is certainly important, but it's the music that keeps us enraptured. Some of the best opera songs of all time are included in these operas listed here, including "Habanera" from 'Carmen,' "Nessun dorma" from Giacomo Puccini's 'Turandot' and "Celeste Aida" from Guiseppe Verdi's 'Aida.'

The operas listed here are classics. Many have been enjoyed by opera lovers for centuries, in fact. Some are tragedies, and they'll bring tears to even the driest of eyes (Puccini's 'La boheme' comes to mind, as does his 'Madame Butterfly' and Verdi's 'La traviata'). Wipe those tears away, and start voting for the best operas, right here and right now.
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  • The Marriage of Figaro
    2,958 votes
    • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
    • Language: Italian Language
    • Genres (Opera): Opera buffa
    Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata (Trans: The Marriage of Figaro or the Day of Madness), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Italian ...more
  • Don Giovanni
    Oct 29 1787
    3,225 votes
    • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
    • Language: Italian Language
    • Genres (Opera): Dramma giocoso
    Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was ...more
  • La traviata
    Mar 06 1853
    2,714 votes
    • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
    • Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
    • Language: Italian Language
    • Genres (Opera): Opera in three acts
    La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, ...more
  • The Barber of Seville
    1,933 votes
    • Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
    • Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
    • Language: Italian Language
    • Genres (Opera): Opera buffa
    The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French ...more