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These are the operas that will make you cry. They might make you laugh, and they'll certainly make you sing, but more than anything else, they will make you cry. Even if you have dry eyes and you're in the desert and you're all out of Visine. They're just that moving.

Now, that's not to say these are all depressing. Some of them (The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, etc) are actually quite uplifting. But, whether it's conveying major melancholy or great glee, the music is still powerful enough to pull tears from even the most parched pupils.

So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of pinot, and let one of these records rip. Just make sure you have tissues handy.

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La bohème is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes

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The Death of Klinghoffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Death of Klinghoffer John Coolidge Adams

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The Pirates of Penzance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Pirates of Penzance Sir Arthur Sullivan

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La traviata is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
La traviata Giuseppe Verdi

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Madama Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini

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Satyagraha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Satyagraha Philip Glass

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Romeo und Julie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Romeo und Julie Georg Benda

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Akhnaten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Akhnaten Philip Glass

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A Village Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
A Village Romeo and Juliet Frederick Delius

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Tolomeo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Tolomeo George Frideric Handel

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Oedipus rex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Oedipus rex Igor Stravinsky

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Orfeo ed Euridice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Willibald Gluck

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The Girl in the Train is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Girl in the Train Leo Fall

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Rinaldo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Rinaldo George Frideric Handel

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Il trittico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Il trittico Giacomo Puccini

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La jolie fille de Perth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
La jolie fille de Perth Georges Bizet

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HMS Pinafore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
HMS Pinafore Sir Arthur Sullivan

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Euridice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Euridice Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri

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La clemenza di Tito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
La clemenza di Tito Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Viola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Viola Bedřich Smetana

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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Carmen Georges Bizet

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Suor Angelica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Suor Angelica Giacomo Puccini

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La rondine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
La rondine Giacomo Puccini

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Antigona is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Antigona Tommaso Traetta

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Venus and Adonis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Venus and Adonis John Blow

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
War and Peace Sergei Prokofiev

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The Devil and Kate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Devil and Kate Antonín Dvořák

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Poro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Poro George Frideric Handel

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Oedipe à Colone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Oedipe à Colone Antonio Sacchini

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The Mikado is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Mikado Sir Arthur Sullivan

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Bluebeard's Castle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Bluebeard's Castle Béla Bartók

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Patience is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Patience Sir Arthur Sullivan

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Agrippina is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Agrippina George Frideric Handel

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Dido and Aeneas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell

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The Magic Flute is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Operas That Will Bring Tears To Even The Driest Of Eyes
The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart