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Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Meilhac and Halévy, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée.

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The Barber at Seville is Rossini's most popular opera. Its effervescent overture (written originally for another work) presents is perfect platform for the amusing plot in which the barber, Figaro, stage-manages a romance between Count Amative and Rossini, and puts to weight the old suitor, Dr. Bartola.

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Aida is one of the most popular operas ever written, a sumptuous work which has moments of great drama, but which reminds us in the end that it's all about people--the greatest love affairs and the greatest affairs of state cliff themselves in simple humanity.

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Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. This opera is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form which included both singing and spoken dialogue. It premiered in Vienna on September 30, 1791.

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La traviata, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, takes as its basis the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas…

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Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Pelleas et Melisande points the way into the 20th century....

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Rigoletto is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. It was first performed in Venice on March 11, 1851.

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La Boherne virtually defines the term romantic. The poignant story of Mini and Rudolf is told in music of such tender beauty, afraid, as always, to Pooch's intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that realty to our emotions and senses.

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Fidelio is a work like no other. Beethoven's only opera is about the joy of married love-by a man who never knew that pleasure.

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Wagner is the Everest of opera. Viewed from the foothills, his towering masterpieces, with their lofty themes and sometimes extraordinary length, can seem to test the endurance of all but the fanatic.

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