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Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian tenor and one of the most popular contemporary vocal performers in the world. He not only sang in opera but also in other kinds of music. Known for his televised concerts, media appearances, and as one of the "Thr ...

                                               

Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Anthony Rolfe Johnson, CBE was an English operatic tenor. He was especially famous for singing the music of Monteverdi, Mozart and Benjamin Britten. He sang many of the operatic roles which Britten had written for Peter Pears to sing.

                                               

Irmgard Seefried

Irmgard Seefried was a famous German soprano who sang opera and lieder. Irmgard Seefried was born in Kongetried, near Mindelheim, Bavaria, Germany. She studied at Augsburg University. Her first appearance in opera was in Aachen where she sang the ...

                                               

Renata Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi is an Italian operatic soprano and one of the leading lyric-dramatic sopranos of the postwar period. She possessed a voice of great beauty and considerable power which she used with unfailing musicianship and style.

                                               

Galina Vishnevskaya

Vishnevskaya was born in Leningrad, the town which is now called St Petersburg. In 1952 she won an important competition singing a song by Rachmaninoff and an aria by Verdi. She soon became a member of the famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

                                               

Bass-baritone

A bass-baritone is a male singer whose voice is quite low, like a deep baritone, but not quite as low as really deep bass. People started to describe some singers as "bass-baritones" in the 19th century, particularly when the composer Richard Wag ...

                                               

Bel canto

Bel canto is a way of singing in opera. It comes from the Italian, meaning "beautiful singing". Bel canto singing means singing beautifully, flexibly and smoothly, delivering high and low notes in a similar style so that all the notes of a singer ...

                                               

Breeches role

A breeches role is a part in an opera in which a woman plays the role of a man. It is also called a trouser role or pants role or travesti role. It is called a breeches role because breeches are tight-fitting, knee-length trousers. These used to ...

                                               

Claque

A claque is a small group of people in an opera house who deliberately either clapped loudly or shouted boo for a particular singer. Usually it means an organised group who know in advance what they are going to do. In the 19th century there was ...

                                               

Libretto

A libretto is the text which are set to music to make an opera. A libretto can also be the words for an oratorio, cantata, mass or a musical. The person who writes the libretto is called a librettist. The word" libretto” is an Italian word which ...

                                               

Repetiteur

A Repetiteur is a musician who helps opera singers to learn their parts for an opera. The word Repetiteur is a French word which comes from the verb "repeter" meaning: "to repeat". The meaning here is "to rehearse", because when a musician rehear ...

                                               

Aida

Aida is an Italian opera in four acts. The music was written by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was written by Antonio Ghislanzoni. The opera is based on a story written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Aida was first performed at the Op ...

                                               

Amleto

Amleto is an Italian opera in four acts, music by Franco Faccio and libretto by Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeares play Hamlet. It was first performed in Genoa, on May 30, 1865, and a revised was performed in Milan, on February 12, 1871. It ...

                                               

Andrea Chenier

Andrea Chenier is an Italian opera in four acts by Umberto Giordano. It was first performed at La Scala in Milan on March 28, 1896. The libretto was written by Luigi Illica. Andrea Chenier was a great success.

                                               

Der Barbier von Bagdad

Der Barbier von Bagdad, is an German comic opera with music and libretto by Peter Cornelius. based on The Tale of the Tailor and The Barber’s Stories of his Six Brothers in One Thousand and One Nights. It was first performed in Weimar, on Decembe ...

                                               

La boheme

La boheme is an Italian opera in four acts. The music was written by Giacomo Puccini. The libretto was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and an equally poor seamstress in ...

                                               

Boris Godunov (opera)

Boris Godunov is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky. It was the only opera that Mussorgsky finished. It his most famous work and one of the most famous of all Russian operas. It was composed between 1868 and 1873.

                                               

Cavalleria rusticana

Cavalleria rusticana is an Italian opera in one act. The music was written by Pietro Mascagni. The story and words were written by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci. The opera was based on a play by Giovanni Verga. The opera was first ...

                                               

Les contes dHoffmann

Les contes dHoffmann is a French opera. It has a prologue, three acts and an epilogue. The music was written by Jacques Offenbach. The libretto was written by Jules Berbier and Michel Carre. It is based on E.T.A Hoffmanns Dr Sandmann, Geschichte ...

                                               

Lelisir damore

Lelisir damore is an Italian comic opera in two acts. The music was written by Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the libretto, after Eugene Scribes libretto for Daniel Aubers Le philtre. The opera was first performed at the Teatro della Cano ...

                                               

Eugene Onegin (opera)

Eugene Onegin Евгений Онегин in Russian is an opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It is usually thought to be his greatest opera and one of the best of all Russian operas. Tchaikovsky finished composing it in 1878 and it was first performed in Moscow in ...

                                               

Falstaff (opera)

Falstaff is an Italian opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, on a libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on William Shakespeares The Merry Wives of Windsor. It was first performed in Milan, on February 9, 1893. Verdis last opera and perhaps greatest ma ...

                                               

Faust (opera)

Faust is a grand opera in five acts. The music was composed by Charles Gounod. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. The libretto was based on Carres play Faust et Marguerite. Carres play was, in turn, based on the fi ...

                                               

Fidelio

Fidelio is an opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is Beethovens only opera. The German libretto is by Joseph Sonnleithner based on a French story. The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard called "Fidelio", rescues her hu ...

                                               

La fille du regiment

The Daughter of the Regiment is a comic opera in two acts. The French libretto was written by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. The music was composed by Gaetano Donizetti. The opera is famous for the tenor aria "Ah! m ...

                                               

La Gioconda

La Gioconda is an Italian opera in four acts, music by Amilcare Ponchielli and libretto by Arrigo Boito, after Victor Hugos play Angelo, Tyran de Padoue. It was first performed in Milan, on April 8, 1876. By far Ponchiellis most successful work a ...

                                               

Gotterdammerung

Gotterdammerung is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the fourth and last of the cycle of operas that together tell a story called Der Ring des Nibelungen. The story continues from the end of the third opera which was called Siegfried. "Gotterdamm ...

                                               

Il Guarany

Il Guarany is an Italian opera in four acts, music by Antonio Carlos Gomes and libretto by Antonio Scalvini and Carlo DOrmeville, after Jose de Alencars novel O Guarani. It was first performed in Milan, on March 19, 1870. By far Gomess most succe ...

                                               

Helvellyn

Helvellyn is an English opera in four acts, music by George Alexander Macfarren and libretto by John Oxenford, after Salomon Mosenthals play Der Sonnwendhof. It was first performed in London, on November 3, 1864.

                                               

La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito is a libretto written by Pietro Metastasio in 1734. It has been used by nearly 40 different composers. The most famous version is by Mozart.

                                               

Lakme

Lakme is a French opera in three acts by Leo Delibes, first performed at the Opera-Comique in Paris, on April 14, 1883, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, after Pierre Loti Rarahus Le mariage de Loti. An immediate success, it has rem ...

                                               

Lohengrin (opera)

Lohengrin is a story written by an unknown German author. It is related to other stories that belong to the Knight of the Swan tradition. Wagner’s opera is like a fairy tale. It immediately became very popular. The young King Ludwig II of Bavaria ...

                                               

Macbeth (opera)

Macbeth is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. It is based on Shakespeare’s play with the same name. The opera is normally in Italian, though there is also a French version thats almost never used anymore. The libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piav ...

                                               

Mefistofele

Mefistofele is an Italian opera in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, with music and libretto. It is by Arrigo Boito and is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethes play Faust. It was first performed in Milan, on March 5, 1868. A revised version ...

                                               

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the only comic opera that Wagner wrote. Wagner wrote the words in 1862 and composed the music in 1867. It was first performed in Munich in 1868. The story is set in the town of N ...

                                               

The Queen of Spades (opera)

The Queen of Spades Russian: Пиковая дама, pronounced Pi-KO-va-ya DA-ma is an opera by Tchaikovsky. It is based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin. Sometimes it is known by its German title Pique Dame. When Tchaikovsky went to Paris in 1876, h ...

                                               

Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the first of the four operas that together tell a story called Der Ring des Nibelungen. Das Rheingold is an opera in one act, divided into four scenes. It is a very long act, lasting 2 ½ hours, b ...

                                               

Riccardo III

Riccardo III is an Italian opera in four acts, music by Luigi Canepa and libretto by Fulvio Fulgonio, after William Shakespeares play Richard III. It was first performed in Milan, on November 10, 1879.

                                               

Der Ring des Nibelungen

The second opera in the cycle is Die Walkure. The fourth opera in the cycle is Gotterdammerung. The third opera in the cycle is Siegfried. The first opera in the cycle is Das Rheingold. The story of each opera can be found in the separate article ...

                                               

Robin Hood (Macfarren)

Robin Hood is an English opera in three acts, music by George Alexander Macfarren and libretto by John Oxenford. It was first performed in London, on October 11, 1860.

                                               

Romeo et Juliette

Romeo et Juliette is a French opera in five acts by Charles Gounod, first performed in Paris, on April 27, 1867, libretto by Jules Barbier et Michel Carre, after Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. One of Gounods most successful works, it contains his ...

                                               

Samson and Delilah (opera)

Samson and Delilah is a three-act French opera. It is based on the story of Samson and Delilah in the Old Testament of the Bible. The words and story of the opera were written by Ferdinand Lemaire. The music was written by Camille Saint-Saens. Th ...

                                               

Siegfried (opera)

Siegfried is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the third of the four operas that together tell a story called Der Ring des Nibelungen. The story continues from the end of the second opera which was called Die Walkure. The first performance of Sie ...

                                               

Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. It is divided into a prologue and three acts. The libretto is by Francesco Maria Piave. The story was based on a play Simon Bocanegra by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez. Simon Boccanegra was first performe ...

                                               

Tannhauser

Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg is a three-act opera with words and music by Richard Wagner. It was Wagners fifth opera. He worked on it between 1842 and 1845. It was first performed at the Dresden Royal Opera on 19 October 1845 with ...

                                               

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. As always, Wagner wrote the words for the opera himself. He took the famous old legend which had been told by the German poet Gottfried von Strassburg Wagner composed the opera betwe ...

                                               

Il trovatore

Il trovatore is an Italian opera in four acts. The music was written by Giuseppe Verdi. The story and words were written by Salvatore Cammarano. It is based on a play by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez called El trovador. The opera was first performed i ...

                                               

The Tsars Bride

The Tsars Bride is an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It was the tenth opera the composer wrote. The words were written by Il’ya Tyumenev who based the story on a book called" The Tsar’s Bride by Lev Mey. The opera was composed in 1898. The fir ...

                                               

La Vestale

La Vestale is a French opera in three acts. Gaspare Spontini wrote the music. The libretto is by Etienne de Jouy. It was first performed in Paris on 15 December 1807. The Italian version by Giovanni Schmidt was performed in Naples on 1811. The op ...

                                               

Die Walkure

Die Walkure is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the second of the four operas that together tell a story called Der Ring des Nibelungen. The story continues from the first opera which was called Das Rheingold. It is a very beautiful piece. Die W ...

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