Every new opera ever staged since April 1945

Every new opera ever staged since April 1945


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2017

Thierry Vagne has updated his post-war operatic chronology.

By his reckoning the world’s opera houses have staged 7,900 new works by 2,900 composers.

Check the list here.


  • Nick says:

    A small correction. Thomas Wilson’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner was given its premiere in 1976 – not 1975.

  • Michael says:

    David Amram’s birth year is 1930, not 1940.

  • David Foulger says:

    Even a fanatic like me cannot claim to have seen more than 5% from this list.

  • William Osborne says:

    And yet so few have entered the repertoire. The ability to write successful opera is one of the rarest human abilities. Why is that?