Composers (Opera)

A listing of famous composers of opera and their major works


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Composer Name
Born
Died
Major Works
Jacopo Peri  1561 Rome 1633 Florence Dafne Euridice 
Claudio Monteverdi 1567 Lombardy 1643 Venice  Orfeo Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria  L'incoronazione di Poppea
Francesco Cavalli  1602 Crema, Lombardy 1676 Venice Giasone
Jean-Baptiste Lully 1632 Florence 1687 probably France Cadmus et Hermione
Henry Purcell 1659 London 1695 London Dido and Aeneas
Alessandro Scarlatti 1660 Palermo 1725 Naples La Griselda
Jean-Philippe Rameau  1683  Dijon 1764 Paris
Johann Christoph Pepusch  1667 Berlin 1667 London The Beggar's Opera
George Frideric Handel 1685 Duchy of Magdeburg 1759 London
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 1710  Province of Ancona 1736 Naples La Serva Padrona.
Christoph Willibald Gluck 1714 Bavaria 1787 Vienna Orfeo ed Euridice 
Domenico Cimarosa 1749 Italy 1801 Naples Il Matrimonio Segreto,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  1756 Salzburg 1791 Venice Così Fan Tutte Don Giovanni  The Marriage of Figaro
Luigi Cherubini 1760 Florence 1842 Paris Médée.
Ludwig van Beethoven  1770 Bonn 1827 Vienna Fidelio
Gaspare Spontini 1774 Province of Ancona 1851 Italy La vestale
Daniel-François-Esprit Auber 1782 Normandy. 1871 Paris  Fra Diavolo Le Domino Noir La Muette de Portici
Carl Maria von Weber  1786 Northern Germany 1826 London Der Freischütz
Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791 Berlin 1864 Paris  Les Huguenots Le Prophète
Gioachino Rossini  1792 Italy 1868 Paris Barber of Seville Semiramide Ermione Guillaume Tell
Gaetano Donizetti 1797 Lombardy 1848 Paris Lucia di Lammermoor
Jacques Fromental Halévy 1799 Paris 1862 Nice  La Juive
Vincenzo Bellini 1801 Catania 1835 Paris Norma  I Puritani, 
Hector Berlioz  1803  France 1869 Paris  Les Troyens Benvenuto Cellini, Béatrice et Bénédict La Damnation de Faust
Mikhail Glinka  1804 Russian Empire 1857 Berlin A Life for the Tsar Ruslan and Lyudmila
Ambroise Thomas 1811 Metz 1896 Paris Mignon and Hamlet
Richard Wagner 1813 Leipzig 1883 Venice  Tristan und Isolde Parsifal Der Ring des Nibelungen,
Giuseppe Verdi 1813 First French Empire 1901 Milan Rigoletto Aida La Traviata  Don Carlos
Charles Gounod 1818 Paris 1893 France Roméo et Juliette  Mireille. 
Jacques Offenbach  1819 Cologne  1880 Paris La vie Parisienne Orpheus in the Underworld
Bedřich Smetana  1824 Prague  1884 Prague Dalibor The Bartered Bride
Aleksandr Borodin  1833 Saint Petersburg 1887 Saint Petersburg Prince Igor
Camille Saint-Saëns 1835 Paris 1921 Algiers Samson et Delila
Léo Delibes 1836 France 1891 Paris Lakmé
Georges Bizet 1838 Paris  1875 Paris Carmen
Modest Mussorgsky 1839 Russian Empire 1881 Saint Petersburg Boris Godunov
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840 Russian Empire 1893 Saint Petersburg Eugene Onegin The Queen of Spades
Emmanuel Chabrier 1841 Auvergne 1894 Paris  L'étoile Le Roi Malgré Lui
Antonín Dvořák 1841 Czech Republic 1904 Prague Rusalka
Jules Massenet 1842 Lyon  1912 Paris Belle Époque
Arthur Sullivan  1842 London 1900 London  H.M.S. Pinafore The Pirates of Penzance  The Mikado
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844 Saint Petersburg 1908 Russia Scheherazade Sadko
Leoš Janáček 1854 Austrian Empire 1928 Czech Republic Jenůfa
Ruggiero Leoncavallo 1857 Naples 1919 Tuscany Cavalleria Rusticana
Giacomo Puccini 1858 Tuscany 1924 Brussels Tosca La Bohème  Madama Butterfly 
Dame Ethel Smyth  1858 London 1944 Surrey Suffragettes The Wreckers
Gustave Charpentier 1860 Lille 1956 probably France Louise
Claude Debussy 1862 France 1918 Paris  Pelléas et Mélisande
Pietro Mascagni 1863 Tuscany 1945 Rome Cavalleria Rusticana
Richard Strauss 1864 Munich 1949 Germany Salome Elektra Der Rosenkavalier
Hans Pfitzner 1869 Moscow 1949 probably Russia Palestrina
Arnold Schoenberg 1874 Vienna 1951 USA Erwartung Moses und Aron
Maurice Ravel 1875 France  1937 France  L'Enfant et les Sortilèges L'heure Espagnole
Franz Schreker 1878 Monaco 1934 Berlin Der Ferne Klang  Die Gezeichneten
Igor Stravinsky  1882 Saint Petersburg 1971 New York The Rake's Progress
Alban Berg 1885 Vienna 1935 Vienna Wozzeck Lulu 
Béla Bartók 1881 Hungary, 1945 New York Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Sergei Prokofiev  1891 Ukraine 1953 Moscow The Love for Three Oranges The Fiery Angel War and Peace
Paul Hindemith 1895 Germany 1963 Frankfurt  Mathis der Maler
George Gershwin  1898 Brooklyn 1937 Beverly Hills  Porgy and Bess Blue Monday 
William Walton 1902 Lancashire 1983 Naples Troilus and Cressida
Michael Tippett  1905 UK 1998 London The Midsummer Marriage The Knot Garden
Dmitri Shostakovich 1906 Saint Petersburg 1975 Moscow Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District Katerina Ismailova
Samuel Barber 1910 Pennsylvania 1981 New York City Vanessa  Antony and Cleopatra
Gian Carlo Menotti 1911 Italy 2007 Monaco Amahl and the Night Visitors The Old Maid and the Thief
Benjamin Britten  1913 Suffolk 1976 UK Peter Grimes A Midsummer Night's Dream The Turn of the Screw.[
Hans Werner Henze  1926 Germany 2012 Germany The Bassarids  Elegy for Young Lovers
Peter Maxwell Davies 1934 Lancashire 2016 Orkney Taverner The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus
Philip Glass 1934 UK Einstein on the Beach Akhnaten The Voyage
John Adams  1947 UK Nixon in China The Death of Klinghoffer
Judith Weir 1954 England A Night at the Chinese Opera The Vanishing Bridegroom

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