Opera Synopses - A thru K
Agrippina Synopsis - The Story of Handel's Opera, Agrippina
Learn the synopsis of Handel's famous opera, Agrippina, premiered in 1709.
Learn the synopsis of Verdi's opera, Alzira.
Verdi's opera, Aida, was one of his last operas composed before his death. Focusing on the love and relationships between Egypt's upper echelon's of society, you can be assured tragedy is bound to occur. Learn the full synopsis of Verdi's Aida.
Strauss' 1933 opera, Arabella, is not as frequently performed as some of his others. Learn the story of Arabella.
Billy Budd Synopsis
Britten's Billy Budd opera is based on the same titled novel by Herman Melville. Learn the synopsis of Billy Budd.
Anna Bolena Synopsis
Anna Bolena is another famous opera by Donizetti. Learn what happens in Anna Bolena in this opera synopsis.
Premiered in 1846, Verdi's opera, Attila, tells the story of the famed and feared ruler, Attila the Hun. Read the synopsis of Verdi's Attila today.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Synopsis
With a libretto and score both written by Wagner himself, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is the Wagner's only truly original opera. Learn the synopsis to this popular opera.
Bizet's lesser-known opera, Djamileh, is a one act opera composed in 1871.
Ariadne auf Naxos Synopsis
This comedic opera is actually a serious opera and comic opera merged into one. Learn the synopsis of Strauss' opera, Ariadne auf Naxos.
Barber of Seville Synopsis
Learn the story of Rossini's most famous opera, the Barber of Seville, in this opera synopsis.
Discover the story of Richard Strauss' opera, Elektra.
Learn the beautiful story of Richard Strauss' one act opera, Daphne (premiered in 1938), in this opera synopsis.
Don Carlo Synopsis
Read the synopsis of Verdi's five act opera, Don Carlo.
Der Vampyr Synopsis
Composed by Heinrich Marschner, this romantic period opera is not nearly as famous or well known as other operas from this period. No matter! It is still a great opera to see if you ever get the chance. Learn the synopsis of Der Vampyr.
Hansel and Gretel Opera Synopsis
Humperdinck's romantic period opera tells the famous story of Hansel and Gretel with a libretto based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. Learn the full story of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Dialogues des carmélites Synopsis
Set during the French Revolution in the late 18th century, learn the synopsis of Poulenc's second opera, Dialogues des carmélites.
Francesca da Rimini Synopsis
Learn the story to Zandonai's popular opera "Francesca da Rimini" in this synopsis.
The Synopsis of "Carmen"
Learn the story of Bizet's famous opera, "Carmen", in this synopsis.
Cavalleria Rusticana Synopsis
Written by Guido Menasci, the one act opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, was a huge success since its first performance. Learn the synopsis of this famous opera.
Così fan tutte Synopsis
Composed in 1790, Mozart's famous opera "Così fan tutee" has been delighting audiences for over 200 years. With great music and libretto, it's easy to see why the opera is still performed. Read the synopsis to Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
Giulio Cesare Synopsis
Read the synopsis of Handel's opera, Giulio Cesare.
Eugene Onegin Synopsis
Learn the synopsis of Tchaikovsky's popular opera, Eugene Onegin.
Learn the story of Richard Strauss' opera, Der Rosenkavalier (the Knight of the Rose).
Giovanna D'arco Synopsis
Learn the story of Verdi's seventh opera, Giovanna D'arco.
The Synopsis of Don Giovanni
Here's an opera that is the equivalent to today's romantic comedies. Learn the story of Mozart's Don Giovanni and discover why it is standard repertoire for many opera companies around the world.
Gianni Schicchi Synopsis
This one act opera is the only comic opera composed by Puccini. Learn the story of Gianni Schicchi.
Il Corsaro Synopsis
Based on Lord Byron's poem, The Corsair, Verdi's opera, Il Corsaro, was poorly received. Learn the synopsis of this rarely performed opera.
Don Pasquale Synopsis
Don Pasquale is one of Donizetti's last operas before his death. Learn the story of "Don Pasquale" in this synopsis.
I Lombardi alla prima crociata Synopsis
Learn the synopsis of Verdi's opera, I Lombardi alla prima crociata.
Composed early in his career, Ernani was Verdi's fifth opera. If you're not familiar with this opera, don't worry, it's rarely performed. Read the synopsis of Ernani today.
Desperate to make money the easy way, a fat old knight tries to woo two wealthy women by writing them identical love letters. Too bad the women find out! Learn the story of Verdi's comic opera, Falstaff.
Mozart's famous post Trojan War opera was a huge success after its premier in 1781. Learn the synopsis of Idomeneo.
Composed in 1859, by French composer, Charles Gounod, Faust was a great success. Learn the story of this famous opera.
Guillaume Tell (William Tell) Synopsis
Rossini's last opera, Guillaume Tell (William Tell), was based on Friedrich Schiller's play, William Tell. Learn the synopsis of Guillaume Tell.
The Flying Dutchman Synopsis
Wagner's Flying Dutchman is a bone-chilling story of a ghostly sailor cursed to sail the world forever until he finds a true-hearted and faithful wife. Learn how the story ends in this Flying Dutchman synopsis.
The Synopsis of Il Trovatore
Another famous Verdi opera is Il Trovatore. Tales of love, deception, death, and vengeance intertwine to create a rich and dramatic opera.
Der Freischütz Synopsis
Learn the synopsis of Carl Maria von Weber's opera, Der Freischutz.
Dido and Aeneas Synopsis
Purell's opera, Dido and Aeneaas, was the composer's first opera, and one of the earliest known English operas. Learn the synopsis of Purcell's first opera, Dido and Aeneas.