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List of Famous English Operas

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Updated June 8, 2017 40.8k views 197 items

List of classical and contemporary operas performed in English, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The operas listed below were all either performed or composed in English. The names of these English operas include information like who the composer of each opera was. You can also filter this list of historic English operas for specific information, such as when it was first performed. Examples include Einstein on the Beach and Billy Budd.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best English operas?" and "What operas were composed in the English language?"

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1000 Airplanes on the Ro... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous English Operas
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A Flowering Tree is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous English Operas
John Coolidge Adams
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A Hand of Bridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Hand of Bridge Samuel Barber
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A Little Nightmare Music... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Peter Schickele
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A Night at the Chinese O... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Night at the Chinese Opera Judith Weir
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A Night in Old Paris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Night in Old Paris Henry Kimball Hadley
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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous English Operas
A Quiet Place Leonard Bernstein
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A Village Romeo and Juli... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Frederick Delius
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Albert Herring is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Benjamin Britten
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Albion and Albanius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Albion and Albanius Louis Grabu
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Alfred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Alfred Thomas Arne
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Amahl and the Night Visi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Gian Carlo Menotti
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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Anna Karenina Iain Hamilton
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Antony and Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Antony and Cleopatra Samuel Barber
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Appomattox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Philip Glass
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Artaxerxes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Thomas Arne
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At the Boar's Head is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Gustav Holst
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Bandanna, the opera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Bandanna, the opera Daron Hagen
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Bang! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Bang! John Rutter
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Batavia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Batavia Richard Mills
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Beatrice Chancy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous English Operas
James Rolfe
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Billy Budd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Benjamin Britten
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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Black Widow Thomas Pasatieri
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Blue Monday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Blue Monday George Gershwin
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Casanova's Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous English Operas
Casanova's Homecoming Dominick Argento