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List of famous opera composers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top opera composers in the world? This includes the most prominent opera composers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable opera composers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic opera composers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned opera composers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known opera composers to the lesser known opera composers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the opera composer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous opera composers ever?" and "What are the names of famous opera composers?" then you're in the right place. (103 items)
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, with Richard Wagner, the preƫminent opera composer of the 19th century. Verdi dominated the Italian opera scene after the eras of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

Birthplace: Le Roncole, Busseto, Italy

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Gian Carlo Menotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Gian Carlo Menotti was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Consul and for The Saint of Bleecker Street. He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA, in 1977. In 1986 he commenced a Melbourne Spoleto Festival in Australia, but he withdrew after three years. Menotti died on February 1, 2007, at the age of 95 in a hospital in Monte Carlo, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 96 (1911-2007)

Birthplace: Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy

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Thomas Pasatieri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Thomas Pasatieri is an American opera composer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Composers
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Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck was a German composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. After many years at the Habsburg court at Vienna, Gluck brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century. The strong influence of French opera in these works encouraged Gluck to move to Paris, which he did in November 1773. Fusing the traditions of Italian opera and the French national genre into a new synthesis, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 73 (1714-1787)

Birthplace: Berching, Germany

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