Meet the Composers

This list serves as a quick reference global tour of the most famous composers and some of their operas. They all knew exactly what they were doing – creating a potent musical experience aimed straight at your heart. Start exploring
 

THE ITALIANS  
   
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
The Barber of Seville
Cinderella
Semiramide
The Italian Girl in Algiers
William Tell
Giacchino Rossini
   
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
The Elixir of Love
The Daughter of the Regiment
Don Pasquale
Lucia di Lammermoor
 
   
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) – a bel canto composer
La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker)
I Puritani (The Puritans)
Norma
 
   
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) – wrote for the “regular” people
Nabucco
Rigoletto
La Traviata (The Fallen Woman)
Aida
Otello
Giuseppe Verdi
   
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
La Boheme (The Bohemian)
Tosca
Madame Butterfly
Turandot
Giacomo Puccini
   
Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Cavalleria Rusticana
I, Pagliacci (The Clowns)
 
   
THE FRENCH  
   
Giacomo Meyerbeer (“MY-er-bear”) 1791-1864
The Huguenots
The Prophet
Robert the Devil
 
   
Hector Berlioz (“EK-tor BARE-lee-o’s) 1803-1869
Les Troyens (The Trojans)
 
   
Charles Gounod (“goo-NOE”) 1818-1893
Polyeucte
Faust
Romeo and Juliet
 
   
Jules Massenet (“mahss-NAY”) 1842-1912
Manon
Werther
 
   
Georges Bizet (“bee-ZAY”) 1838-1875
Carmen
 Georges Bizel
   
Jacques Offenbach 1819-1880
Orpheus in the Underworld
The Beautiful Helene
The Parisian Life
The Tales of Hoffmann
 
 
   
THE ENGLISH  
   
Henry Purcell (“PER-sull) 1659-1695
Dido and Aeneas 
 
   
George Frideric Handel (“HEN-dle”)
Messiah
 
   
William Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
Gilbert & Sullivan
H.M.S. Pinafore
The Pirates of Pensance
The Mikado
Patience
Iolanthe
The Gondoliers
 Pictured: William Gilbert
   
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Peter Grimes
Billy Budd
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Noye’s Fludde
Death in Venice
 
   
THE GERMANS  
   
Christoph Willibald Gluck (“glook”) 1714-1787
Orfeo ed Euridice
Iphigenie en Tauride
 
   
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (‘MOAT-sart) 1756-1791
Bastien and Bastienne
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
The Marriage of Figaro
Don Giovanni (Don Juan)
Cosi fan tutte
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Fidelio
   
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Der Freischutz
 
   
Richard Wagner (“REEKKH-art VOGG-ner”) 1813-1883
The Fairies
The Ban on Love
Rienzi
The Flying Dutchman
Tannhauser
Lohengrin
Tristan and Isolde
The Master-Singers of Nuremberg
The Ring of the Nibelungs
 
   
Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
Die Feldermaus (The Bat)
The Gypsy Baron
 
   
Richard Strauss (“REEKH-art”) 1864-1949
Salome
Elektra
Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose)
Ariadne auf Naxos
 
   
Alban Berg (“BEARg”) 1885-1935
Wozzeck
Lulu
 
   
THE RUSSIANS  
   
Mikhail Glinka (“GLEENG-ka”) 1804-1857
A Life for the Tsar
Ruslan and Ludmila
 
   
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
The Golden Cockerel
Sadko
May Night
The Snow Maiden
 
   
Peter Tchaikovsky (“chy-KOFF-skee”) 1840-1893
Eugene Onegin
Queen of Spades
 
   
THE AMERICANS  
   
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Porgy and Bess
 
   
Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland 
Vanessa
Antony and Cleopatra
The Tender Land
 
 
   
Carlisle Floyd
Susannah
 
   
Douglas Moore
The Ballad of Baby Doe
 
   
John Adams
Nixon in China
 
   
Philip Glass
Einstein on the Beach
Satyagraha
Akhnaten
The Voyage
 
   
William Bolcom
McTeague
 
   
John Corigliano
The Ghosts of Versailles
 
   
Anton Coppola
Sacco & Vanzetti