Opera: Top 10 Operas Of All Time
If one digs a little deeper while examining the merits of opera, it's clear there are many commonalities between our daily lives and this musical genre. Opera, after all, is a story. A story of two people in love, a romance gone bad, or maybe a happy ending that warms the heart. Simply put, opera is a reflection of daily life, and something that resonates within all of us.
So just for fun, let's look at a list of the Top 10 operas of all time, and a brief plot summary of each. See if you agree! In no particular order, here's one man's list:
The Marriage of Figaro: A Mozart composition, The Marriage of Figaro is a follow up of sorts to another opera on this list, The Barber of Seville. The story recounts one day's worth of events in a Spanish castle, and the tangled love story between a countess, count, and two young subjects who plan to be wed.
Tristan and Isolde: Composed by Richard Strauss, telling the tale of a Cornish prince and an Irish princess who share a timeless passion and ultimately, the same fate.
Carmen: One of the world's most performed operas, by French composer Bizet. This story tells the compelling tale of a soldier who falls in love with Carmen, a beautiful factory worker.
Rigoletto: The story of a court jester's complicated efforts to save his daughter from the evils of aristocracy, composed by the famous Italian master, Verdi.
Aida: Also by Verdi, a particularly moving story of an ambitious military officer who yearns for Aida, the servant of an Egyptian princess.
La Traviata: Perhaps Verdi's most well known work, the title translated means "the woman who strayed". Two lovers ultimately reunite, but fate takes a hand.
Don Giovanni: Another Mozart composition, Don Giovanni is the story of an unrepetant nobleman who dodges numerous attempts by his enemies to extract revenge.
Barber of Seville: Probably the most popular comic opera of all time, by Italian composer Rossini. The protagonist and local barber, Figaro, helps a local aristocrat win a lady's hand.
Tosca: Composed by Puccini, this is the story of a jealous beauty who swears revenge, but is met with dramatic consequences.
Madame Butterfly: Also by Puccini, Madame Butterfly is arguably the best known opera of all time. It tells the tale of a United States Navy lieutenant and his Japanese geisha wife.
Is your favorite opera on this list? If not, go ahead and have a little fun ... develop your very own Top 10 List of wonderful opera classics!
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