Useful lists are either complete lists or selective lists. This is a selective list.
Famous operas arranged by composer.
This list, intended to show both the standard operatic repertory as well as historically significant operas, consists of the most famous operas, arranged alphabetically by composer followed by city and date of first staged performance. All the operas in this list are discussed in standard guidebooks, such as The Penguin Guide to Opera, ed. Amanda Holden, 1994. Many splendid and under-appreciated masterpieces, aside from operatic curiosities, can be found in entries under the names of their individual composers.
In many opera houses this international repertory is supplemented by local standards. An American list, for example, would include George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Samuel Barber's Vanessa, while a French list would include Delibes' Lakmé. Skirmishing about any accepted canon tends to be most intense around the periphery; please do not add an opera to this list unless it is either has a recent performance history, has considerable historical significance, and/or is well-represented on recordings.
Details of plot, anecdotes and history of composition and production, etc. are found in the operas' individual entries (linked). These lists are not complete: complete lists of composers' operas are to be found in the composers' individual entries (linked), and in Category:Operas.
- Maurice Ravel
- L'Heure Espagnole (Paris 1911)
- L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Monte Carlo 1926)