Opera The Best Opera Composers  

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Opera artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good opera bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top opera bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Opera groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all opera bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest opera bands of all time, since the most famous opera artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best opera music.

You can click on the opera band names to see more information about that particular notable opera group. If they're near the top of the best opera artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top opera bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the opera band names themselves.

This list includes Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Pavarotti and more artists. Vote for the best artists on the list to see them rise to the top. The most fun part of this is deciding to vote on artists like George Gershwin and Samuel Barber.

All important, significant and iconic names in opera music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new opera bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of opera, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into opera music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good opera bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent opera bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best opera bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest opera musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular opera bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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99 21
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music
2
91 24
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Classical music
3
54 34
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Incidental music, Art song
4
40 25
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music, Baroque music
5
45 31
Gaetano Donizetti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song, Classical music
6
36 24
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet
7
30 19
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Art song
8
28 18
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Art song
9
32 22
Charles Gounod is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Romantic music
10
36 27
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song
11
36 29
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Classical music
12
19 13
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Lied
13
30 25
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet
14
23 18
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Classical music
15
29 25
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Art song
16
29 25
Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Classical music
17
26 22
Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet
18
15 11
Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music
19
21 18
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music, Baroque music
20
16 13
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music
21
16 14
Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music
22
15 13
Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
23
15 13
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music
24
15 13
Giovanni Pacini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Sacred music, Opera
25
13 11
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music