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The best operas written through history can be found on this site. Discover fact about some of the most famous operas.


Operas

Abu Hassan
In one act by WEBER. Text by HIEMER. This little opera, composed by Weber in his early youth and first represented at Dresd...

L'africaine
In five acts by MEYERBEER. Text by E. SCRIBE, translated by GUMPERT. L'Africaine, one of the Maestro's last operas (1865), u...

Aida
Grand romantic Opera in four acts by GIUSEPPE VERDI. Text by ANTONIO GHISLANZONI. Translated into German by S. SCHANZ. English ve...

Alessandro Stradella
In three acts by FLOTOW. Text after the French by W. FRIEDRICH. Flotow, who composed this little opera when at Paris in the ...

Armida
In five acts by GLUCK. Text by PHIL. QUINAULT. The poet Quinault wrote the libretto of this opera for another composer, L...

The Armorer
DER WAFFENSCHMIED In three acts by ALBERT LORTZING. Text by himself. Though this opera does not equal in value Lortzing'...

Gustavus The Third
BALLO IN MASCHERA In five acts by AUBER. Text by SCRIBE. This opera has had a curious fate, its historical backgr...

The Barber Of Bagdad
In two acts by PETER CORNELIUS. It took a long time, before this charming little Opera took its place amongst so many fellow o...

Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
In two acts by ROSSINI. This opera may be called a miracle of Rossini's creation, as it not only is his best work, but was wri...

Benvenuto Cellini
In three acts by HECTOR BERLIOZ. Text by de WAILLY and BARRIER, translated into German by PETER CORNELIUS. This opera by th...

By Order Of His Highness
(AUF HOHEN BEFEHL.) In three acts by CARL REINECKE. Text by the composer after RIEHL's novel: "Ovidius at Court." Reineck...

The Devil's Part
CARLO BROSCHI In three acts by AUBER. Text by SCRIBE. This composition might rather be called a Vaudeville with musical...

Carmen
In four acts by GEORGE BIZET. This opera is essentially Spanish. The music throughout has a southern character and is passion...

Cavalleria Rusticana
(SICILIAN RUSTIC CHIVALRY). In one act by PIETRO MASCAGNI. Text after Verga's drama of the same name by TARGIONI-TOZZETTI and ...

Cosi Fan Tutte
In two acts by MOZART. Text by DA PONTE, newly arranged by L. SCHNEIDER and ED. DEVRIENT. This opera, though lovely in its w...

The Two Peters
CZAR AND ZIMMERMANN In three acts by LORTZING. This charming little opera had even more success than Lortzing's other compo...

La Dame Blanche
In three acts by BOIELDIEU. Text by SCRIBE. Boieldieu is for the French almost what Mozart was for the German. This opera e...

Il Demonio
In three acts by ANTON RUBINSTEIN Text after the Russian of ALFRED OFFERMANN. This opera of the great Russian musician has a...

Le Domino Noir
In three acts by AUBER. Text by SCRIBE. This is one of the most charming comic operas, which were ever written by this mast...

Don Carlos
In four acts by VERDI. Text by MERY and CAMILLA DU LOCLE. This opera is one of the first of Verdi's. It was half forgotten,...

Don Juan
In two acts by MOZART. Text by DA PONTE. Don Juan is Mozart's most beautiful opera; we may even say, that it is the greates...

Don Pasquale
In three acts by DONIZETTI. Text done after SER MARCANTONIO by SALVATORE GAMMERANO. This opera, one of Donizetti's last comp...

The Bell Of The Hermit
In three acts by LOUIS AIME MAILLART. LES DRAGONS DE VILLARS. Text after the French by G. ERNST. Maillart, who studied ...

The Dusk Of The Gods
Third day of the Nibelungen Ring by WAGNER. This is the end of the great and beautiful tragedy and really it may be called bot...

Euryanthe
Grand romantic Opera by C. M. VON WEBER. Text by HELMINA VON CHEZY. This opera has not had the success of Oberon or Freischu...

Falstaff
A lyric Comedy in three acts by GIUSEPPE VERDI. Text by ARRIGO BOITO. Nobody who hears this opera would believe, that it has...

Fidelio
In two acts by L. van BEETHOVEN. This opera, the only one by the greatest of German composers, is also one of the most exquisi...

La Figlia Del Reggimento
In two acts by GAETANO DONIZETTI. Text by ST. GEORGE and BAYARD. This opera is one of the few of Donizetti's numerous works,...

The Flying Dutchman
In three acts by WAGNER. DER FLIEGENDE HOLLAeNDER. This fine opera is Wagner's second work, which he composed in direst need,...

The Folkungs
In five acts by EDMUND KRETSCHMER. Text by MOSENTHAL. The composer of this opera evidently belongs to the most talented of ...

Fra Diavolo
In three acts by AUBER. Text by SCRIBE. This nice little opera, though not equal in beauty and perfection to the "Muette de...

Frauenlob
In three acts by REINHOLD BECKER. Text by FRANZ KOPPEL-ELLFELD. Becker, the well-known Dresden composer, has long won name a...

Der Freischuetz
In three acts by C. M. VON WEBER. Text by FRIEDRICH KIND. This charming opera done at Dresden 1820, is the most favored of ...

Friend Fritz
A lyric Comedy in three acts by PIETRO MASCAGNI Text after ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN'S novel of the same name. After the immense suc...

Genoveva
In four acts by ROBERT SCHUMANN. Text after HEBBEL and TIECK. The music of this opera is surpassingly delightful. Though Sc...

The Golden Cross
In two acts by IGNAZ BRULL. Text by MOSENTHAL. Brull, born at Prossnitz in Moravia, Nov. 7th, 1846, received his musical ed...

The Two Grenadiers
In three acts by ALBERT LORTZING. Text adapted from the French. After a long interval of quiet Lortzing's charming music see...

Hamlet
In five acts by AMBROISE THOMAS. Text taken from SHAKESPEARE by MICHEL CARRE and JULES BARBIER. Hamlet was first reproduced ...

Hansel And Gretel
A Fairytale in three pictures by ADELHEID WETTE. Music by ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK. After a long period of "Sturm und Drang" we h...

Hans Heiling
In three acts with a prelude, by HEINRICH MARSCHNER. Text by EDUARD DEVRIENT. The text to this opera, which was written by t...

Henry The Lion
In four acts by EDMUND KRETSCHMER. This opera has not had the same success as "The Folkungs", which may be attributed in part ...

Herrat
In three acts by FELIX DRAESEKE. The first representation of Herrat took place in Dresden on the 10th of March 1892. Its auth...

Wedding's Morning
HOCHZEITSMORGEN In one act by KARL VON KASKEL. Text by FRANZ KOPPEL-ELLFELD. This opera, which was represented for the fi...

Les Huguenots
In five acts by GIACOMO MEYERBEER. Text by SCRIBE. This is the best opera of this fertile composer, and one with which only...

Idle Hans
In one act by A. RITTER. DER FAULE HANS Text after a poetic tale by FELIX DAHN. The composer of this hitherto unknown ope...

Idomeneus
In three acts by W. A. MOZART. Text by ABBATE GIANBATTISTA VARESCO. This opera, which Mozart composed in his twenty-fifth ye...

Jean De Paris
In three acts by ADRIEN BOIELDIEU. Text by St. JUST. After a lapse of many years this spirited little opera has again been ...

Jessonda
In three acts by LOUIS SPOHR. Text by HENRY GEHE. Spohr wrote this opera by way of inauguration to his charge as master of ...

Ingrid
In two acts by KARL GRAMANN. Text by T. KERSTEN. Ingrid is a musical composition of considerable interest, the local tone a...

Iphigenia In Aulis
In three acts by GLUCK. Text of the original rearranged by R. WAGNER. This opera, though it does not stand from the point of...

Iphigenia In Tauris
In four acts by GLUCK. Text by GUILLARD. Gluck's Iphigenia stands highest among his dramatic compositions. It is eminently...

Joseph In Egypt
In three acts by ETIENNE HENRY MEHUL. Text after ALEXANDER DUVAL. This opera, which has almost disappeared from the French s...

Will O' The Wisp
In one act by KARL GRAMANN IRRLICHT Text by KURT GEUCKE. With "Irrlicht" the composer takes a step towards verisme; both,...

La Juive The Jewess
In five acts by HALEVY. Text by EUGENE SCRIBE. This opera created a great sensation when it first appeared on the stage of ...

Junker Heinz Sir Harry
In three acts by KARL VON PERFALL. Text after Hertz's poem: Henri of Suabia by FRANZ GRANDOUR. This opera composed recently ...

A King Against His Will
DER KONIG WIDER WILLEN In three acts by EMANUEL CHABRIER. Text after a comedy written by ANCELOT, from EMILE DE NAJAC and PAUL...

Lohengrin
In three acts by RICHARD WAGNER. This is the most popular of all Wagner's operas. No need to say more about its music, which ...

Lorle
In three acts by ALBAN FOERSTER. Text by HANS HEINRICH SCHEFSKY. With this opera its composer has made a lucky hit; it stand...

Love's Battle
DER LIEBESKAMPF In two acts. Music and Text by ERIK MEYER-HELMUND. This young composer, whose first opera was brought on ...

Lucia Di Lammermoor
In three acts by GAETANO DONIZETTI. Text from Scott's romance by SALVATORE CAMMERANO. This opera is Donizetti's master-piece...

Lucrezia Borgia
In three acts by DONIZETTI. Text by FELICE ROMANI after Victor Hugo's drama. Donizetti's Lucrezia was one of the first tragi...

The Maccabees
In three acts by ANTON RUBINSTEIN. Text by MOSENTHAL, taken from Otto Ludwig's drama of the same name. This opera when it ap...

The Magic Flute
DIE ZAUBERFLOeTE In two acts by MOZART. Text by SCHIKANEDER. This last opera of Mozart's, written only a few months befor...

The Maidens Of Schilda
In three acts by ALBAN FORSTER. Text by RUDOLF BUNGE. The first work of this composer was produced on the stage of the Royal...

Marga
In one act by GEORG PITTRICH. Text by ARNO SPIESS. The first performance of this highly interesting little opera took place...

Marguerite
FAUST In five acts by CHARLES GOUNOD. The subject of this piece is taken from the first part of Goethe's greatest drama--"...

Martha
In four acts by FLOTOW. Text by W. FRIEDRICH. This charming opera finally established the renown of its composer, who had f...

The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
In three acts by WAGNER. This opera carries us back to the middle of the 16th century and the persons whom we meet are all his...

The Master-thief
A German Legend in three parts by EUGEN LINDNER. After Fitger's poem by GUSTAV KASTROPP and the composer. The young composer...

Melusine
In three acts by CARL GRAMMANN. Text after C. CAMP'S poem of the same name. Tableaux and mise en scene after SCHWIND'S composi...

Merlin
In three acts by CHARLES GOLDMARK. Text by SIEGFRIED LIPINER. This latest creation of the talented composer at once proved i...

The Merry Wives Of Windsor
In three acts by OTTO NICOLAI. Text by MOSENTHAL. This charming opera has achieved the fame of its composer, of whom very l...

Mignon
In three acts by AMBROISE THOMAS Text by MICHEL CARRE and JULES BARBIER. This opera is full of French grace and vivacity, an...

La Muette De Portici
In five acts by AUBER. Text by SCRIBE. This opera was first put on the stage in the Grand Opera-House at Paris in the year 18...

A Night's Rest At Granada
NACHTLAGER VON GRANADA. In two acts by CONRADIN KREUTZER. Text taken from Kind's drama of the same name by Freiherr K. VON BRO...

Norma
In two acts by BELLINI. Text by ROMANI. Few operas can boast of as good and effective a libretto as that, which Romani wrot...

Le Nozze Di Figaro
In four acts by MOZART. Text by LORENZO DA PONTE. This opera may be said to be the continuation of Rossini's "Barbiere di S...

The Nuremberg Doll
DIE NUeRNBERGER PUPPE In one act by A. ADAM. Text by LEUVEN and BEAUPLAN, translated into German by ERNST PASQUE. This Op...

Oberon
In three acts by WEBER. English text by PLANCHE translated by TH. HELL. Oberon is Weber's last work. In the year 1824 he ha...

Orfeo E Eurydice
In three acts by GLUCK. Text by RANIERO DI CALZABIGI. This opera is the oldest of all we possess in our repertoire. Gluck ...

Othello
In four acts by GIUSEPPE VERDI. Text by ARRIGO BOITO, translated into the German by MAX KALBECK. In his seventy-third year t...

Pagliacci
(MERRY ANDREW.) In two acts and a Prologue. Music and Text by R. LEONCAVALLO. Translated into the German by LUDWIG HARTMANN...

Philemon And Baucis
In two acts by CHARLES GOUNOD. Text by JULES BARBIER and MICHEL CARRE, with an intermezzo. This is a truly delightful musica...

The Three Pintos
In three acts by C. M. v. WEBER. After WEBER'S manuscripts and designs, and TH. HELL'S textbook. The musical part completed by ...

The Piper Of Hameln
In five acts by VICTOR NESSLER. Text by FR. HOFMANN from JULIUS WOLFF'S legend of the same name. Without any preliminary int...

The Poacher
"THE VOICE OF NATURE" by LORTZING. Text after a comedy by KOTZEBUE. The music of this opera is so fresh, so full of gaiet...

The Postilion Of Longjumeau
In three acts by ADOLPHE ADAM. Text by LEUVEN and BRUNSWICK. This charming little opera is well worthy of being named among ...

Preciosa
In four acts by ALEXANDER WOLFF. Musical accompaniment by CHARLES MARIA VON WEBER. Though Preciosa is not an opera, we may f...

Le Prophete
In five acts by GIACOMO MEYERBEER. Text by SCRIBE. Though Meyerbeer never again attained the high standard of his Huguenots...

The Queen Of Sheba
DIE KOeNIGIN VON SABA In four acts by CHARLES GOLDMARK. Text by MOSENTHAL. Charles Goldmark was born in Hungary in 1852. ...

The Nibelungen Ring
A Festival-Play in three days and a fore-evening by RICHARD WAGNER. THE RHINEGOLD. The grand dramatic work, which cannot any...

Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
In five acts by RICHARD WAGNER. In this first opera of Wagner's one hardly recognizes the great master of later times.--But th...

Rigoletto
In three acts by VERDI. Text by PIAVE from VICTOR HUGO'S drama: "Le roi s'amuse". No opera has become popular in so short a ...

Robert Le Diable
In five acts by MEYERBEER. Text by SCRIBE and DELAVIGNE. Though the text, which embodies the well-known story of Robert the ...

The King Has Said It
LE ROI L'A DIT. In three acts by LEON DELIBES. Text by EDMOND GONDINET. It is impossible to imagine music more charming ...

Romeo E Giulietta
In five acts by CH. GOUNOD. Text by BARBIER and CARRE. This highly favored opera by Gounod presents much that is worthy of ...

Il Seraglio
In three acts by MOZART. Text after BRETZNER by G. STEPHANIE. Mozart modestly called this opera a Vaudeville (in German: Sin...

Siegfried
Second day of the Nibelungen Ring by WAGNER. In three acts. The first act represents a part of the forest, where Fafner gu...

Silvana
In four acts by WEBER. Text by ERNST PASQUE. This opera was left unfinished by Weber. It has however recently been complet...

La Somnambula
In two acts by VINCENZO BELLINI. Text by FELICE ROMANI. This opera is decidedly of the best of Bellini's muse. Though it do...

The Taming Of The Shrew
In four acts by HERMANN GOETZ. Text done after Shakespeare's comedy by J. V. WIDMANN. This beautiful opera is the only one, ...

Tannhaeuser
In three acts by RICHARD WAGNER. With this opera begins a new era in the history of the German theatre. Tannhaeuser is more a ...

Guglielmo Tell
In three acts by ROSSINI. This last opera of Rossini's is his most perfect work and it is deeply to be regretted that when it ...

The Templar And The Jewess
In three acts by HENRY MARSCHNER. Text by W. A. WOHLBRUeCK. The subject of this opera is the well-known romance of Ivanhoe b...

La Traviata
VIOLETTA In three acts by VERDI. Text taken from the French by PIAVE. The original of the libretto is Dumas' celebrated n...

Tristan And Isolda
In three acts by RICHARD WAGNER. The music to this drama is deemed by connoisseurs the most perfect ever written by Wagner, bu...

Il Trovatore
In four acts by GIUSEPPE VERDI. Text by SALVATORE COMMERANO. Though Verdi is far beneath his celebrated predecessors Rossini...

The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
DER TROMPETER VON SAeKKINGEN. In three acts with a prelude by VICTOR NESSLER. Text by RUDOLF BUNGE after SCHEFFEL'S poem. ...

Undine
In four acts by ALBERT LORTZING. Text after FOUQUE'S tale. With this opera Lortzing for the first time tried his genius in a...

Urvasi
In three acts by WILHELM KIENZL. Text after the Indian legend of KALIDASA. This opera is so brilliantly supplemented by deco...

The Vampire
In two acts by HEINRICH MARSCHNER. Text by W. A. WOHLBRUeCK. This opera had long fallen into oblivion, when Hofrath Schuch o...

The Walkyrie
First day of the Nibelungen Ring by WAGNER. In the first scene we are introduced into the dwelling of a mighty warrior, Hunding,...

Zampa
In three acts by HEROLD. Text by MELLESVILLE. This opera has met with great success both in France and elsewhere; it is a f...

The Apothecary
(LO SPEZIALE.) Comic Opera by JOSEF HAYDN (1768). After a sleep of 125 years in the dust of Prince Esterhazy's archives at ...

Djamileh
In one act by GEORGES BIZET. Text by LOUIS GALLET. German Translation by LUDWIG HARTMANN. Djamileh was composed before Ca...

Donna Diana
In three acts by E. VON REZNICEK. Text after a free translation of MORETO'S comedy of the same name. Many are the authors, w...

The Sold Bride
In three acts by FR. SMETANA. Libretto by K. SABINA. German text by MAX KALBECK. Poor Smetana! Nature had put on his bro...

Ballo In Maschera
CCHAOTER Lyric Drama In five acts by VERDI. Text by F. M. PIAVE. Auber's success with the opera of the same name inspired V...

The Cricket On The Hearth
In three acts by CARL GOLDMARK. Text after Dickens' tale by M. WILLNER. With this opera Goldmark has entered a novel way in ...

The Evangelimann
In two acts. With Text and Music by WILHELM KIENZL. The author has learnt a great deal since the days, in which he composed ...

Odysseus' Return
In three acts with a Prelude by AUGUST BUNGERT. A musical drama of the highest interest, one which may be considered equal to ...

Bearskin
(DER BAeRENHAeUTER). In three acts by SIEGFRIED WAGNER. In the beginning of the year 1899 a great sensation thrilled through...

The Cid
In three acts. Text and Music by PETER CORNELIUS. After an interval of more than thirty years the Dresden Opera has paid a ...

Kirke Circe
In a Prologue and three acts by AUGUST BUNGERT. Kirke, the first part of Bungert's Odyssey was given for the first time in Dre...

Ernani
In four parts. Taken from VICTOR HUGO'S Drama of the same name. Text by F. MARIA PIAVE. Music by GIUSEPPE VERDI. Verdi...

Werther
In three Acts by J. MASSENET. Text from GOETHE by BLAU, MILLIET and HARTMANN. German Translation by MAX KALBECK. The subj...

The Departure
In one Act. Libretto by A. VON STEIGENTESCH (end of 18th century). Arranged by FERDINAND COUNT SPORCK. With Music by EUGENE...

Delila
In three Acts by FERDINAND LEMAIRE. With Music by CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS. German translation by RICHARD POHL. The first perf...

Nausikaa
Second Part of the Tetralogy: The Odyssey. Musical Tragedy in three acts and a Prologue by AUGUST BUNGERT. The first represe...

Manru
In three acts by J. PADEREWSKI. Text by ALFRED NOSSIG. Dresden claims the honour of having first represented the celebrated ...

The Plague Of Darkness
FEUERSNOT A Lyric Poem (Singgedicht) in one act by ERNST VON WOLZOGEN. Music by RICHARD STRAUSS. The new Opera of the hig...

Hoffmann's Tales
In three acts by JULES BARBIER. Music by JACQUES OFFENBACH. In this opera the composer far surpasses all his other compositi...

The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
In three acts by LEO BLECH. Text by RICHARD BATKA. The young composer, who is already conductor of the orchestra of the Ger...

Manon
In four acts by J. MASSENET. Text by HENRY MEILHAC and PHILIPPE GILLE. The subject of this opera is based on Prevost's famou...

Odysseus' Death
Fourth Part of the Odyssey in three acts by AUGUST BUNGERT. This last part of the Tetralogy bears more decided indications of ...

Tosca
In three acts by V. SARDOU, L. ILLICA and G. GIACOSA. Music by GIACOMO PUCCINI. The libretto of this opera is adapted from S...

Little Bare Foot
BARFUSSELE in two Pictures with a Prelude by RICHARD HEUBERGER. Words by VICTOR LEON from AUERBACH'S Story. The young com...

La Boheme
Adapted from HENRY MURGER'S VIE DE BOHEME. Music by GIACOMO PUCCINI. This opera was composed in 1896, and the music is of a ...

The Fledermaus The Bat
In three Acts by MEILHAC and HALEVY. Music by JOHANN STRAUSS. The Fledermaus is the famous Viennese Waltz King's best operet...

Flauto Solo
In one Act by EUGENE D'ALBERT. Libretto by HANS VON WOLZOGEN. D'Albert's new attempt at an opera secured an even greater succe...

Moloch
In three Acts. Music by MAX SCHILLINGS. Libretto by EMIL GERHAEUSER, founded on HEBBEL'S fragment "MOLOCH". The first repre...

Salome
In one act and Libretto by RICHARD STRAUSS founded on OSCAR WILDE'S drama. On December 9th, 1905, this opera was performed for...

The Beauties Of Fogaras
DIE SCHOeNEN VON FOGARAS. In three acts by ALFRED GRUeNFELD. Words by VICTOR LEON, founded on the Hungarian novel of MIKSZATH,...

The Lowlands
TIEFLAND. A in two acts and a Prelude by EUGENE D'ALBERT. Text after A. Guivera by RUDOLPH LOTHAR. With this work the gi...

Madame Butterfly
Tragedy of a Japanese woman in three acts after John L. Long and David Belasco by L. ILLICA and G. GIACOSA. Music by GIACOMO PUC...

Eugene Onegin
Lyric Scenes in three acts by P. J. TSCHAIKOWSKY. Text after Puschkin's poem of the same name. Tschaikowsky's opera, long kn...

Elektra
In one act by HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL. Music by RICHARD STRAUSS. The first production of Strauss' Elektra took place in Dresde...

Sealed
VERSIEGELT In one act by RICHARD BATKA and PORDES-MILO, adapted from Rauppach's "Der versiegelte Buergermeister". Music by LE...


Opera Physiology

The Opera In The Abstract
"L'Opera toujours Fait bruit et merveilles: On y voit les sourds Boucher leurs oreilles." BERANGER. To m...

Of The Tenore
"In short, I may, I am sure, with truth assert, that whether in the allegro or in the piano, the adagio, the largo or the ...

Of The Primo Basso
"And for the bass, the beast can only bellow; * * * * * An Ignorant, noteless, time...

Of The Prima Donna
"Your female singer being exceedingly capricious and wayward, and very liable to accident."--SKETCH BOOK. Every body...

Of The Barytone
"Our Barytone I almost had forgot; * * * * * In lover's parts, his passion more to bre...

Of The Suggeritore Or Prompter
"There never was a man so notoriously abused. TWELFTH NIGHT. "But whispering words can poison truth." COLERIDG...

Before The Curtain
"A neat, snug study on a winter's night; A book, friend, single lady, or a glass Of claret, sandwich, and an appetite, ...

Of The Opera In The Concrete
"Lord! said my mother, what is all this story about? "A cock and a bull, said Yorick--and one of the best of its kind I ...

Apres
I'm fond of fire and crickets, and all that, A lobster salad, and champagne, and chat. BYRON. From this genteel ...


Opera Stories

Children Of Kings
I Once upon a time, in a lonely glade between high mountains far, far above the World of Men, there stood a hut. It was a miserab...

Haensel And Gretel
I Long ago, in half-forgotten days, a little hut stood at the edge of a great forest. It was rather a meek, shamefaced little hut...

The Master Singers
I Across the wide sea, amid the green hop fields of southern Germany, is the old, old city of Nuremberg. Shut off from the busy w...

Lohengrin The Knight Of The Swan
I Long years ago a maiden, fair as the morning itself, wandered through a lonely greenwood in the Duchy of Brabant. She was Elsa,...

The Flying Dutchman
I A storm on the ocean is a fearful thing to see. It roars, it flashes, it races huge waves mountain-high one after the other, it...

Tannhaeuser The Minstrel Knight
I This is a tale of long ago. It is a tale of the days of knighthood and minstrelsy; of the days when field and forest rang with ...


Opera History

The Origin Of The Opera In Italy And Its Introduction Into Germany
It has often been said, and notably, by J. J. Rousseau, and after him, with characteristic exaggeration, by R. Wagner, that "Opera" ...

Introduction Of The Opera Into France And England
French Opera not founded by Lulli.--Lulli's elevation from the kitchen to the orchestra.--Lulli, M. de Pourceaugnac, and...

On The Nature Of The Opera And Its Merits As Compared With Other Forms Of The Drama
Opera admired for its unintelligibility.--The use of words in opera.--An inquisitive amateur.--New version of a chorus in Ro...

Introduction And Progress Of The Ballet
The Ballets of Versailles.--Louis XIV. astonished at his own importance.--Louis retires from the stage; congratulations ...

Introduction Of Italian Opera Into England
Operatic Feuds.--Objections to Nose-pulling.--Arsinoe.--Camilla and the Boar.--Steele on insanity.--Handel and Clayton.--Nic...

The Italian Opera Under Handel
Handel at Hamburgh.--Handel in London.--The Queen's Theatre.--The Royal Academy of Music.--Operatic Feuds.--Porpora and the ...

General View Of The Opera In Europe In The Eighteenth Century Until The Appearance Of Gluck
Great Italian Singers.--Ferri in Sweden.--Opera in Vienna.--Scenic decorations.--Singers of the Eighteenth Century.--Singers...

French Opera From Lulli To The Death Of Rameau
Ramists and Lullists.--Rameau's Letters of nobility.--His death.--Affairs of honour and love.--Sophie Arnould.--Madame ...

Rousseau As A Critic And As A Composer Of Music
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The Opera In England At The End Of The Eighteenth And Beginning Of The Nineteenth Century
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Opera In France After The Departure Of Gluck
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The French Opera Before And After The Revolution
[Sidenote: THE OPERA DURING THE CONVENTION.] A complete history of the French Opera would include something like a history of Fre...

Opera In Italy Germany And Russia During And In Connection With The Republican And Napoleonic Wars
PAISIELLO, PAER, CIMAROSA, MOZART. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. DON GIOVANNI. Nothing shows better the effect on art of the long contin...

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[Sidenote: A MANAGER IN THE BENCH.] A complete History of the Opera would include a history of operatic music, a history of opera...

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[Sidenote: ROSSINI.] Innovators in art, whether corrupters or improvers, are always sure to meet with opposition from a certain n...

Opera In France Under The Consulate Empire And Restoration
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Donizetti And Bellini
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Rossini Spohr Beethoven Weber And Hoffmann
[Sidenote: ROSSINI.] Bellini and Donizetti were contemporaries of Rossini; so were Paisiello and Cimarosa; so are M. Verdi and M....

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