Opera, as we all know, is something that has inspired millions of people around the world. Opera involves almost everything. Music, acting, costume, dance (on occasion), lighting, scene dressing (art), and writing – everything that falls under the umbrella of high art, in fact. To put the music ahead of all these and say it is the centre is to perpetrate a falsehood. Opera is defined as musical drama. Too often because of modern recording practices, people’s introduction to opera is the music alone minus the often riveting drama. Verdi (La Traviata), Puccini (Turandot), Mozart (Italian comic: Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte; German: The Magic Flute), and Bizet (Carmen) are very traditional examples of opera. So, to make it all quite easy for you to catch up with, here is a list of the top 10 most beautiful opera songs as of 2017, most of which include the oldest classics as the newer ones are nothing compared to the old ones.
Table of Page Contents
- 10. Antonio Vivaldi: L’Olimpiade
- 9. Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
- 8. W.A. Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
- 7. P.I. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
- 6. Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
- 5. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (The Fallen Woman)
- 4. Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville
- 3. Georges Bizet: Carmen
- 2. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
- 1. W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro’s Wedding)
Here is the list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Opera Songs in The World
10. Antonio Vivaldi: L’Olimpiade
Vivaldi is well-known today because of The Four Seasons and a handful of other concertos. Indeed, Vivaldi spent much of his career as a traveling impresario, staging often-hastily-assembled operas across Europe (and traveling with two young sister-singers who starred in his productions and who became the subject of lascivious rumors about the middle-aged priest/composer). Liberally indulging in the common practice of self-borrowing, Vivaldi sometimes cobbled together “new” works, taking arias and tunes from previous operas and instrumental works.
9. Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Though eros can reflect God’s love, it can also destroy when pursued to the exclusion of all else. This is the theme of Berlioz’s Faust, based on Goethe’s famous story. Faust, bored with the limits of his humanistic philosophical pursuits, is tempted by Mephistopheles to pour all his desires into the possession of the fetching Marguerite. Faust becomes consumed by erotic desire and finally sells his soul to the Devil to save Marguerite from death. In the climactic “Ride to the Abyss,” Mephistopheles leads Faust to his doom in the depths of Hell.
8. W.A. Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Often shadowed by its sibling, The Magic Flute, “this saving opera” is just as ecstatic and as profound, full of high spirits and deep feeling. A predecessor of the other great Mozart operas included here, The Abduction already shows the composer’s mastery of operatic writing and his ability to depict the comedic and tragic elements of life in a seamless musical mosaic. The story is simple: Two Spaniards set out to rescue their lovers from the clutches of Turkish Muslims.
7. P.I. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Few composers rival Tchaikvosky when it comes to plumbing the depths of the human heart. Based on Alexander Pushkin’s play, Eugene Onegin tells the tragic tale of the beautiful young woman, Tatiana, who falls in love with the eponymous friend of her sister’s fiancé. Onegin is a cautious man, however, and is unable to return Tatiana’s love. In the course of his interaction with Tatiana and her sister, Onegin ends up in a dispute with his friend Lensky, eventually killing him in a duel. After many years away from Tatiana, Onegin realizes that he indeed loves her. But it is too late: Tatiana has married a prince to whom she is determined to remain faithful and despite her still-active feelings for Onegin, there is nothing she can do. The opera ends with Onegin in despair over this rejection.
6. Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
The son of an atheistic father and a Roman Catholic mother, Berlioz’ oeuvre often reflects this dual religious heritage. In Cellini, however, the humanistic side of the composer rules. This is the tale of the eponymous Renaissance artist who fashioned the great statue of Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa. Cellini is clearly a guise for Berlioz himself: an artist who overcomes all obstacles, including those posed by the Church, to find his true love, prove his superiority to his peers, and demonstrate that man is indeed the measure of all things. This is one amongst the Top 10 Most Beautiful Opera Songs in The World 2017.
5. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (The Fallen Woman)
Perhaps the most performed opera today, this tragic and sexually-charged tale of the young courtesan Violetta’s love for the nobleman Alfredo scandalized mid-nineteenth Victorian audiences in Europe and America, even more so than had Mozart’s Don Giovanni the previous century. The opera makes use of the typical operatic plot conventions of misunderstandings between lovers and a foreshortened end to romantic happiness, in this case because of the fatal tuberculosis contracted by Violetta.
4. Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville
If there was a heir to Mozart’s throne, it was probably Rossini, though his high-spirited operas do not plumb Mozart’s subtle depths. Barber is a sort of prequel to Mozart’s Figaro, detailing the adventures of the same wily servant whose wedding is at the heart of the earlier opera. The opera’s most famous aria is “Largo al factotum,” in which the hero Figaro sings of his skills as a barber, matchmaker, and counselor to the people of Seville:
3. Georges Bizet: Carmen
It is amazing that musical snobs still turn up their noses at this great opera. This musical masterpiece is based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, and the plot centers on the eponymous character’s seduction and corruption of Don Jose, a Spanish officer who abandons his family, his virtue, his reason, his duty, and at last his soul in favor of his all-consuming desire to possess the beautiful gypsy. The music for Carmen is the most seductive in the repertoire; we cannot blame Don Jose for being seduced by her, and we watch and listen in anguish as he hurtles inevitably towards his doom.
2. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
At a time when opera was either buffa or seria, Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte created what they called a dramma giocoso (“jocular drama”), and Mozart’s masterpiece wonderfully blends the serious, even the frightening, with the humorous. The story centers on the eponymous aristocrat whose obsession in life is bedding as many women as possible by whatever means necessary, whether persuasion or force. As always, Mozart is fascinated by human relationships, and though much has been made of the tension between the Don and his servant Leporello, Mozart sees class not as determinative of human interaction but as a lens through which the nature of man can be better understood.
1. W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro’s Wedding)
Perhaps Mozart’s most beloved opera, the story—by Da Ponte after Beaumarchais’ play—centers on Count Almaviva’s attempt to sleep with his servant Figaro’s betrothed, Susanna. Susanna and the neglected Countess, for example, team up to play a prank on the Count, foiling his attempt to have a clandestine rendezvous with his wife’s maidservant. The “Aria of the Wind” sung by the two women as they conspire is one of the most enchanting creations ever penned by a composer. Though clearly in the buffa genre, the story’s resolution brings one of Mozart’s most sublime moments, as the repentant Count begs forgiveness of the Countess, and order is restored.
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