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Favorite Opera Stories


Il Barbiere di Siviglia
(The Barber of Seville)

La Bohème

Boris Godunov


Cavalleria Rusticana
(Rustic Chivalry)

La Cenerentola

Les Contes d'Hoffmann
(Tales of Hoffmann)

Cosi fan tutte
(“They All Do It”)

Don Giovanni

Don Pasquale

Eugene Onegin


Die Fledermaus (The Bat)

Der Fliegende Hollander
(The Flying Dutchman)

Hänsel and Gretel

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
(Katerina Ismailova)

Lucia di Lammermoor

Madama Butterfly

Die Zauberflöte
(The Magic Flute)

Le Nozze di Figaro
(The Marriage of Figaro)

The Merry Widow

The Mikado



I Pagliacci
(The Clowns)

Pelléas et Mélisande

Der Ring des Nibelungen
(The Ring of Nibelung)


Der Rosenkavalier
(The Knight of the Rose)



La Traviata
(The Fallen Woman)

Il Trovatore
(The Troubadour)


Opera plots form the backdrop to the rich music and staging that make the opera experience. To help you follow the action, we've outlined the stories from the most frequently performed operas.

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