Have you seen these 100 operas?

Have you seen these 100 operas?


norman lebrecht

July 14, 2016

A really useful tick-box list of core repertoire from English National Opera.

Test your memory (and ticket stubs) here.

How many have you seen?

(We made it into the 90s.)

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Which operas are they missing?


  • Lucien Knoedler says:

    Saw less than 3/4 of this list, unfortunately.

    Missing? As usual:

    Martinu, The Greek Passion (1954-57) – one of the truly greatest operas of our time and totally topical today

    Zimmermann, Die Soldaten (1957-64

  • Nigel Simeone says:

    I wold dispute “really useful” for a list that has only two operas by Janacek (no Katya or Makropulos, among others), no Rake’s Progress or Oedipus Rex, no Bluebeard’s Castle, no Elektra, no Manon (!), and nothing at all by Maxwell Davies, or Prokofiev, or Ravel – but it does have three operas each by Glass and Adams. Weird and inadequate.

    • Nigel Simeone says:

      As for the total, I think I’ve seen 90/100.

      I’d agree about the sad lack of Martinu – either Julietta or Greek Passion – another serious gap, but there are so many of of. No Andrea Chénier is another curiosity given recent productions at ROH and ON that were both considerable successes.

  • Nigel Simeone says:

    I can’t find an edit button… “so many of those” is what I meant to type, para 2, line 2, above.

  • Olassus says:

    82 — but six of the missing are Adams or Glass.

  • Christopher White says:

    Stop saying We like you’re a Royal, there’s a good chap

  • Nick says:

    No Turn of the Screw – surely performed a good deal more often than Goriana? And isn’t Alceste performed more regularly than The Silken Ladder?

  • Saxon Broken says:

    How were these pieces on the list chosen? Are they the most commonly performed pieces at the ENO?