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Opera - Classical Music Theater

For even the classical music buff, opera can be quite overwhelming. Here, you will find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about opera. Discover its origins, composers, performers, and synopses.
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  2. Opera Synopses (120)

Top 10 Operas
Discover the world's most performed operas during the 2012/13 operatic season.

Looney Tunes Opera Cartoons
These two operas parody Wagner's Ring Cycle and Verdi's Barber of Seville. Learn about these two popular cartoons.

A Profile of the Aria "Habanera"
Habanera is a famous aria from Bizet's popular opera, Carmen. Learn about the creation of Habanera in this Habanera profile.

A Profile of the Aria "Nessun Dorma"
Learn about the details and facts of Puccini's famous aria, "Nessun Dorma" from the opera 'Turandot'.

A Profile of the Song "O Sole Mio"
"O Sole Mio" is popular classical music song made popular by the late Luciano Pavarotti. Learn more about "O Sole Mio" and its creation in this "O Sole Mio" profile.

Famous Baritone Arias
Here is a small collection of famous baritone arias, because opera isn't only about sopranos and tenors.

Five Facts about Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte"
Learn five facts about Mozart's famous opera, "Die Zauberflöte".

Luciano Pavarotti Songs
Luciano Pavarotti was a fantastic singer with a prolific performance history. Thankfully, many of his recordings are easily available. Here are the most popular songs sang by Luciano Pavarotti.

Luciano Pavarotti Trivia
Luciano Pavarotti was one of the most celebrated and admired operatic tenors of the 20th Century. Learn interesting facts and trivia about the beloved Luciano Pavarotti.

Musetta's Waltz Profile and Lyrics
Learn about the scene and the lyrics of "Musetta's Waltz" from Puccini's opera "La Boheme".

Nessun Dorma - Favorite Performers, Performances, and Recordings of N…
Nessun Dorma is an one of the world's most beloved arias (largely thanks to the great Luciano Pavarotti). Read user submitted comments of their favorite singers, performances, and recordings of the famous aria, Nessun Dorma.

Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti
"Nessun Dorma", Calaf's aria from Puccini's opera, Turandot, became hugely popular after Luciano Pavarotti's performance of the piece in 1990, at the FIFA World Cup. Learn more about Pavarotti's performance of "Nessun Dorma" and why it has become so successful.

Opera Bloopers
No singer is perfect. Even the world's greatest operatic performers make mistakes. Here's a collection of opera bloopers.

Operas by Verdi
Over the period of 54 years, Verdi composed over two dozen operas - many of which are performed all over the world to this day. View the list of Verdi's operas today.

Profile: Rigoletto
Verdi himself said that "Rigoletto" was revolutionary. Learn about the opera's plot, characters, and other useful information in this Profile of "Rigoletto".

Profile: Tosca by Puccini
A profile of Puccini's opera, Tosca.

Renee Fleming - A Collection of Renee Fleming Videos
Renee Fleming is one of the leading operatic sopranos today. Here is a collection of videos of the great Renee Fleming.

Tan Dun - The First Emperor
A review of Tan Dun's The First Emperor.

The Audition - A Review of the Metropolitan Opera
A review of the Metropolitan Opera's "The Audition."

The Best of the Habanera from Bizet's "Carmen"
The Habanera from Bizet's famous opera, Carmen, is one of the most beloved and recognizable female arias. Though many operatic singers have performed the piece, everyone has a favorite. Find out what people are saying about their favorite performances of the Habanera from Bizet's opera, Carmen.

The Enchanted Island
A modern-day pasticcio opera, The Enchanted Island is a mashup of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest" set to a variety of musical excerpts from well-known baroque period composers.

The Habanera by Maria Callas
The Habanera is one of the most popular female arias. Though it has been performed by many women, perhaps the notable opera singer to ever sing the famous aria is Maria Callas. Learn more about her notable performance of Bizet's Habanera.

The Impact of Ludwig Feuerbach and Mikhail Bakunin on Richard Wagner
The Impact of Ludwig Feuerbach and Mikhail Bakunin on Richard Wagner is easily seen in Wagner's Ring Cycle, his most famous work. Discover the deeper meanings and origin's of the Ring's creation.

The Plot Impact and Significance of the Characters in Wagner's The Ring Cycle
An examination of the plot and characters found in opera composer Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle is found in this article. Includes Woton, Frika, Freya, Alberich and more.

The World's Greatest Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence.

Turandot Synopsis
This sad and tragic tale of death and love has captivated the hearts of audiences around the world for over 85 years. Learn the story of Puccini's famous opera, Turandot.

Tosca Synopsis
This beloved opera is a tragic tale of jealousy, love, and loss. Though the opera is full of beautiful arias, one of it's most well-known aria's is "Vissi d'arte." Read the synopsis of Tosca.

Madama Butterfly Synopsis
Another moving opera composed by Puccini. This sad opera tells the story of a devoted wife willing to do whatever it takes in the name of love. Read the synopsis of Madama Butterfly.

Lucia di Lammermoor Synopsis
Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, is anything but happy. The opera tells a tale of forbidden lovers who are only able to be together in the afterlife. Learn the full story of Lucia di Lammermoor.

The Magic Flute Synopsis
The Magic Flute is a delightful love story that takes place in a magical world. The opera is one of Mozart's most famous works as it contains several well-known and well received arias. Learn the story of The Magic Flute.

Opera on the Internet
Watch and listen to opera in the comfort of your own home.

Opera Resource
This website gives a variety of synopses, "making of...", and lyrics to many operas.

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