Operas Seen




Title Composer seen
L'Orfeo Claudio Monteverdi ENO!, Glimmerglass!, Stream
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Claudio Monteverdi DVD, SFO!, Berkeley!
L'incoronazione di Poppea #87 Claudio Monteverdi DVD, DVD
La Calisto Francesco Cavalli HOO
Ercole Amante Francesco Cavalli DVD
Eliogabalo Francesco Cavalli Stream
Dido and Aeneas #58 Henry Purcell Sac*!, Berkeley!, ROH!
The Fairy Queen Henry Purcell DVD
Médée Marc-Antoine Charpentier HOO
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno George Frideric Handel Zurich!, Aix
Agrippina George Frideric Handel Berkeley!
Rinaldo George Frideric Handel Zurich!
Giulio Cesare #69 George Frideric Handel Zurich!, Sb1, HD
Rodelinda George Frideric Handel HD
Orlando furioso Antonio Vivaldi SFO!, DVD
The Beggar's Opera John Gay Sac!
Partenope  George Frideric Handel SFO!
Artaserse  Leonardo Vinci YT
Orlando  George Frideric Handel SFO!, SacO!
Hippolyte et Aricie   Jean-Philippe Rameau Stream
Alcina George Frideric Handel SFO!, HOO
Ariodante George Frideric Handel SFO!
Les Indes galantes Jean-Philippe Rameau BSO
Griselda Antonio Vivaldi Santa Fe!
Serse George Frideric Handel SFO!
Semele George Frideric Handel City!, Zurich!
Platée Jean-Philippe Rameau Santa Fe!
Le Temple de la Gloire Jean-Philippe Rameau Berkeley!
Theodora George Frideric Handel YT
Orfeo ed Euridice #51 Christoph Willibald Gluck Glimmerglass!, HD, DVD
Alceste Christoph Willibald Gluck Santa Fe!
Bastien und Bastienne Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart DVD
Mitridate, re di Ponto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart DVD, DVD
Iphigénie en Tauride Christoph Willibald Gluck SFO!, HD, WNO
Idomeneo #60 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Paris!, HD
Die Entführung aus dem Serail #29 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart SFO!
Le Nozze di Figaro #8 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Met, SFO!, ROH, SacO!, HD, SFO!
Don Giovanni #10 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart SFO!, Santa Fe!, HD, Sb, SFO!, Aix
L'Arbore di Diana Vicente Martín y Soler Berkeley!
Nina, o sia La pazza per amore Giovanni Paisiello DVD
Così fan tutte #14 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sac!, SFO!, Sb!, HD
Die Zauberflöte #4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart SFO!, HD
La clemenza di Tito #78 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart SFO!, DVD, DVD, HD, Glynde, Sb
L'anima del filosofo Joseph Haydn Zurich!
Il matrimonio segreto Domenico Cimarosa Sac!
Médée Luigi Cherubini HOO
Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven SFO!, Zurich, Sb
La Vestale Gaspare Spontini Paris
La Scala di Seta Gioachino Rossini DVD
L'italiana in Algeri #57 Gioachino Rossini SFO!
Tancredi Gioachino Rossini DVD, HOO
Il Turco in Italia Gioachino Rossini DVD, LA
Il barbiere di Siviglia #7 Gioachino Rossini SFO!, HD, SacO, HD, Stream
Otello Gioachino Rossini SFO!, Stream, DVD
La Cenerentola #28 Gioachino Rossini SFO!, UT!, Zurich!, Roma!, ROH!, HD, HD, SFO!
Armida Gioachino Rossini HD
Bianca e Falliero Gioachino Rossini HOO
Ermione Gioachino Rossini HOO
La donna del lago Gioachino Rossini SFO!, HD
Maometto II Gioachino Rossini Santa Fe!
Der Freischütz #52 Carl Maria von Weber WSO!, Zurich
Matilde di Shabran Gioachino Rossini DVD
Fierrabras Franz Schubert DVD
Semiramide Gioachino Rossini SFO!, DVD, BSO
Il viaggio a Reims #84 Gioachino Rossini DVD
Le siège de Corinthe Gioachino Rossini Baltimore!
Clari Fromental Halévy DVD
Le comte Ory Gioachino Rossini HD, DVD
Oberon Carl Maria von Weber BSO
Der Vampyr Heinrich Marschner Berlin!
William Tell Gioachino Rossini SFO!
Anna Bolena Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, HD, DVD
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Vincenzo Bellini SFO!, BSO
Norma #48 Vincenzo Bellini SFO!, DVD, Sb!, SFO!, HD
La sonnambula #93 Vincenzo Bellini Paris!, HD
L'elisir d'amore #13 Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, DVD, Santa Fe!, SacO!, HD, BSO
Lucrezia Borgia Gaetano Donizetti SFO!
Maria Stuarda Gaetano Donizetti HD
I puritani #100 Vincenzo Bellini SFO!, HD
La Juive Fromental Halévy DVD
Lucia di Lammermoor #21 Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, HD, HD, SFO!, ROH
Roberto Devereux Gaetano Donizetti HOO, HD
Benvenuto Cellini Hector Berlioz DVD
La favorite Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, WSO 
La fille du régiment #66 Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, HD
Poliuto Gaetano Donizetti Glynde
Rita Gaetano Donizetti SF!
Nabucco #18 Giuseppe Verdi DVD, ROH, HD
Der Wildschütz  Albert Lortzing UT*!
Ruslan and Lyudmila  Mikhail Glinka SFO!, DVD
I Lombardi alla prima crociata Giuseppe Verdi DVD
Don Pasquale #38 Gaetano Donizetti SFO!, HD, SFO!
Der fliegende Holländer #26 Richard Wagner SFO!
Ernani Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, Met!, HD
I due Foscari Giuseppe Verdi ROH
Tannhäuser #50 Richard Wagner SFO!, HD, BSO
Giovanna d'Arco Giuseppe Verdi LaScala
Attila Giuseppe Verdi SFO!
The Damnation of Faust Hector Berlioz SFO!, HD, Paris
Macbeth #27 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, HD
Martha Friedrich von Flotow UT*!
Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, SFO!
The Merry Wives of Windsor Otto Nicolai SFO!
Lohengrin #54 Richard Wagner SFO!, BSO
Stiffelio  Giuseppe Verdi DVD
Rigoletto #9 Giuseppe Verdi Sac*!, SacO!, SFO!, Stream, SFO!
Il trovatore #20 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, HD, DVD, BSO, SacO!, Sb, HD
La traviata #1 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, Santa Fe!, HD, Florence!, SacO!, DVD, ROH, SFO!, HD
Les vêpres siciliennes Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, ROH
Les Troyens Hector Berlioz DVD, HD, SFO!
Orphée aux enfers #62 Jacques Offenbach Glimmerglass!, Sac!
Un ballo in maschera #24 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, WestBay!, HD, SFO!, BSO
Faust #34 Charles Gounod SFO!, UT*!, HD, Santa Fe!
La forza del destino #75 Giuseppe Verdi SFO, UT*!, BSO
Béatrice et Bénédict Hector Berlioz YT, Glynde
Les pêcheurs de perles #61 Georges Bizet SFO!, San Jose!, Santa Fe!, HD
La belle Hélène Jacques Offenbach ENO!
Tristan und Isolde #36 Richard Wagner SFO!, DVD, HD, HD
L'Africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer SFO!
The Bartered Bride #64 Bedřich Smetana UT*!, ROH!, DVD
Don Carlos #43 Giuseppe Verdi LA!, HD, Sb, SFO!
Roméo et Juliette #56 Charles Gounod HD
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg #81 Richard Wagner SFO!, Stream, Sb!, SFO!
Mefistofele Arrigo Boito SFO!
Hamlet Ambroise Thomas SFO!, HD, DVD
Das Rheingold #33 Richard Wagner SFO!, HD
Die Walküre #30 Richard Wagner SFO!, Met
Aida #12 Giuseppe Verdi DVD, SFO!, HD, Verona!, Roma!, Sb
Boris Godunov #55 Modest Mussorgsky SFO!, HD
Die Fledermaus #11 Johann Strauss II SFO!, UT*!, Sac*!, Sac!
Carmen #2 Georges Bizet DVD, Zurich!, SFO!, HD, HD, SFO!, Aix
La Gioconda Amilcare Ponchielli SFO!
Götterdämmerung #46 Richard Wagner SFO!, HD
Siegfried #42 Richard Wagner SFO!, HD
Samson and Delilah #99 Camille Saint-Saëns SFO!, WNO
H.M.S. Pinafore Arthur Sullivan Sac!
The Pirates of Penzance Arthur Sullivan Sac!
Eugene Onegin #16 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky SFO!, ROH, HD, HD
Hérodiade Jules Massenet SFO!
Les contes d'Hoffmann #35 Jacques Offenbach DVD, SFO!, Berkeley!, HD
Simon Boccanegra #67 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, HD, It!
Patience Arthur Sullivan SAC!
The Maid of Orleans Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky SFO!
Parsifal #37 Richard Wagner SFO!, HD
Manon #80 Jules Massenet SFO!, LA!, HD
Gasparone Karl Joseph Millöcker UT*!
The Gypsy Baron Johann Strauss II UT!
The Mikado Arthur Sullivan TV
Le Cid Jules Massenet SFO!
Khovanshchina Modest Mussorgsky SFO!
Otello #25 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, HD, HD
Prince Igor Alexander Borodin SFO!, HD
Cavalleria rusticana #23 Pietro Mascagni SFO!, HD, Sb
The Queen of Spades #47 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky SFO!, UT*!, DVD
Der Vogelhändler Carl Zeller UT*!
Pagliacci #19 Ruggero Leoncavallo SFO!, SacO!, HD
Werther #63 Jules Massenet SFO!, Paris!, DVD, HD
Iolanta #77 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky HD
Kullervo Jean Sibelius Stream
Hänsel und Gretel #15 Engelbert Humperdinck SFO!, HD, UT*!
Manon Lescaut #53 Giacomo Puccini WSO!, HD, YT, ROH, BSO
Falstaff #32 Giuseppe Verdi SFO!, WSO, HD, It
Thaïs Jules Massenet HD
Andrea Chénier Umberto Giordano SFO!, DVD, SFO!
La Bohème #3 Giacomo Puccini Movie, SW, SFO!, Santa Fe!, HD, LA!, DVD, HD, SFO!
Fedora Umberto Giordano DVD
Cendrillon Jules Massenet SFO!, Sac!
Louise Gustave Charpentier SFO!
Tosca #5 Giacomo Puccini SacO!, WNO!, DVD, SFO!, HD, Santa Fe!, HD
Rusalka #41 Antonín Dvořák SFO!, DVD, HD
Adriana Lecouvreur Francesco Cilea SFO!, DVD
Pelléas et Mélisande #74 Claude Debussy SFO!, Stream
Jenůfa #72 Leoš Janáček SFO!, DVD, BSO!, SFO!
Madama Butterfly #6 Giacomo Puccini SFO!, Verona!
The Merry Widow #22 Franz Lehár SFO!, HD
Salome #31 Richard Strauss SFO!, UT*!, HD, Berlin!
Elektra #59 Richard Strauss SFO!, Berlin!, HD, SFO!
Il segreto di Susanna Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari Sac!
La fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini SFO!, HD, YT
Königskinder Engelbert Humperdinck DVD
Don Quichotte Jules Massenet SFO!
L'heure espagnole Maurice Ravel Sac!
Der Rosenkavalier #49 Richard Strauss SFO!, HD, Malmö, Glynde, Berlin!, HD
Ariadne auf Naxos #45 Richard Strauss SFO, DVD, Met, Stream, Stream
Francesca da Rimini Riccardo Zandonai DVD, HD
Chu Chin Chow Frederic Norton Sutter Cr!
The Gambler Sergei Prokofiev Met
La Rondine Giacomo Puccini SFO, HD
Bluebeard's Castle Béla Bartók WNO, Berkeley, Davis, HD
Gianni Schicchi #40 Giacomo Puccini SFO, WNO, HD
Il tabarro #90 Giacomo Puccini SFO, HD
Suor Angelica #65 Giacomo Puccini SFO, HD
Die Frau ohne Schatten #98 Richard Strauss SFO, DVD
Die tote Stadt Erich Wolfgang Korngold SFO
La Leggenda di Sakùntala Franco Alfano Roma
Káťa Kabanová #92 Leoš Janáček SFO
Mavra Igor Stravinsky Sac*
Sancta Susannah Paul Hindemith Paris
The Cunning Little Vixen #76 Leoš Janáček SFO, Berkeley
The Student Prince Sigmund Romberg hs
The Fair at Sporochintzky Modest Mussorgsky Stream
Gräfin Mariza #79 Emmerich Kálmán UT
Erwartung Arnold Schoenberg DVD
Wozzeck #68 Alban Berg SFO, Santa Fe
Paganini Franz Lehár UT
Doktor Faust Ferruccio Busoni SFO
No No Nanette Vincent Youmans hs
L'enfant et les sortilèges Maurice Ravel Berkeley
The Makropulos Affair Leoš Janáček SFO, SFO
Show Boat Jerome Kern SFO
Turandot #17 Giacomo Puccini SFO, Met, HD, HD2, SFO
King Roger Karol Szymanowski Santa Fe
The Threepenny Opera #82 Kurt Weill film
Die ägyptische Helena Richard Strauss Berlin
The Nose Dmitri Shostakovich HD
Sir John in Love Ralph Vaughan Williams ENO
From the House of the Dead Leoš Janáček DVD
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Kurt Weill LA, ROH
Moses und Aron Arnold Schoenberg DVD
Arabella Richard Strauss DVD, Santa Fe, Stream
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District #96 Dmitri Shostakovich SFO, BSO
Four Saints in Three Acts Virgil Thomson OP
Porgy and Bess George Gershwin SFO, DVD
Die schweigsame Frau Richard Strauss BSO
Cyrano de Bergerac Franco Alfano ROH, SFO
Lulu Alban Berg SFO, DVD, Berkeley, HD
Comedy on the Bridge Bohuslav Martinů Sac*
Riders to the Sea Ralph Vaughan Williams Sac*
Brundibar Hans Krása SacO
Daphne Richard Strauss Santa Fe
The Old Maid and the Thief Gian Carlo Menotti Sac*
Capriccio Richard Strauss SFO, HD
Peter Grimes #88 Benjamin Britten SFO, HD
The Rape of Lucretia #94 Benjamin Britten SF
The Medium Gian Carlo Menotti SFO
Betrothal in a Monastery Sergei Prokofiev DVD
The Mother of us All Virgil Thomson SFO
Brigadoon Frederick Loewe hs
Il prigioniero Luigi Dallapiccola Stream
Les mamelles de Tirésias Francis Poulenc OP
Street Scene Kurt Weill DVD
The Consul Gian Carlo Menotti Sac*, Zurich
Guys and Dolls Frank Loesser London
The Rake's Progress #89 Igor Stravinsky SFO
Billy Budd Benjamin Britten SFO
Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti TV
Trouble in Tahiti Leonard Bernstein Sac, OP
Darling Corie Elie Siegmeister Sac
Die Liebe der Danae Richard Strauss Berlin
The Turn of the Screw #70 Benjamin Britten SacO
The Fiery Angel Sergei Prokofiev SFO, BSO
Candide Leonard Bernstein City 
The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore Gian Carlo Menotti Sac
Susannah Carlisle Floyd SFO
My Fair Lady Frederick Leowe Movie, UT*
Dialogues of the Carmelites #71 Francis Poulenc SFO, StLouis
West Side Story Leonard Bernstein Sac
A Hand of Bridge Samuel Barber OP, Sac
A Game of Chance Seymour Barab Sac
Vanessa #69 Samuel Barber HOO, Berkeley
La voix humaine #83 Francis Poulenc SFO, SFO
Gypsy Jule Styne TV
A Midsummer Night's Dream #95 Benjamin Britten SFO
Sweet Betsy from Pike Mark Bucci Sac!
The Last Savage Gian Carlo Menotti Santa Fe!
Antony and Cleopatra Samuel Barber YT
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson Daniel Kingman Sac+*
The Devils of Loudun Krzysztof Penderecki DVD
Hair Galt MacDermot SacM!
Death in Venice Benjamin Britten SFO*
Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass Berkeley!
The Wiz Charlie Smalls TV
The Women in the Garden Vivian Fine SF+*
Le Grand Macabre György Ligeti DVD
Lear Aribert Reimann SFO
The Village Singer Stephen Paulus Sac
Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim DVD, Movie, SFO!
The Lighthouse Peter Maxwell Davies Berkeley!
Satyagraha Philip Glass SFO!, Met, HD
Donnerstag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen Stream
Tartuffe Kirke Mechem Sac!
Dreamgirls Henry Krieger Movie
Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg SF!
Saint-François d'Assise Olivier Messiaen SFO!
Sunday in the Park with George Stephen Sondheim NYC!
Nixon in China John Adams DVD, HD, SFO!
Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim Sac!, Movie
A Night at the Chinese Opera Judith Weir London
The Death of Klinghoffer John Adams SFO+!
The ghosts of Versailles John Corigliano VHS
Miss Saigon Claude-Michel Schönberg NYC!
Hydrogen Jukebox Philip Glass Berkeley!
Orphée Philip Glass Glimmerglass!
The Dangerous Liaisons Conrad Susa SFO!, DVD
Harvey Milk Stewart Wallace SFO+!
Rent Jonathan Larson DVD
Powder her Face Thomas Ades Berkeley!
Parodia Pablo Ortiz Davis!
Little Women  Mark Adamo SF!
A Streetcar Named Desire Andre Previn SFO+!, Modesto!
The Lion King Elton John London!
The Great Gatsby John Harbison OP!
Footloose Tom Snow SanJuan!
Dead Man Walking Jake Heggie SFO+!, OP!
Flight Jonathan Dove OP!
El Niño John Adams DVD
L'Amour de Loin Kaija Saariaho DVD, HD
Tea: A Mirror of Soul Tan Dun Santa Fe!
Sophie's Choice Nicholas Maw WNO!
Hairspray Marc Shaiman Broadway!
Doctor Atomic John Adams SFO+!, HD
Billy Elliot Elton John London!
The Tempest Thomas Ades HD
Ainadamar Oswaldo Golijov OP!
Wicked Stephen Schwartz London!
The First Emperor Tan Dun HD
The End of the Affair Jake Heggie Berkeley!
Appomattox Philip Glass SFO+!
Grey Gardens Scott Frankel DVD
La Chute de la Maison Usher Claude Debussy SFO!
The Minotaur Harrison Birtwistle DVD+
The Bonesetter’s Daughter Stewart Wallace SFO+!
The Letter Paul Moravec Santa Fe+!
Il Postino Daniel Catán TV
Moby-Dick Jake Heggie SFO!
Anna Nicole Mark-Anthony Turnage DVD
Heart of a Soldier Christopher Theofanidis SFO+!
Death and the Powers Tod Machover SF
Anya17 Adam Gorb OP!
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene Mark Adamo SFO+!
Written on Skin George Benjamin DVD
The Perfect American Philip Glass Stream+
The Secret Garden Nolan Gasser SFO+!
Dolores Claiborne Tobias Picker SFO+!
Brokeback Mountain Charles Wuorinen Stream+
Champion Terence Blanchard OP!
27 Ricky Ian Gordon StLouis+!
As One Laura Kaminsky Berkeley!
Usher House Gordon Getty SFO+!
Bel Canto Jimmy López PBS+
La Ciociara Marco Tutino SFO+!
Dream of the Red Chamber Bright Sheng SFO+!
The Exterminating Angel Thomas Adès HD
Autumn Sonata Sebastian Fagerlund Stream+
Girls of the Golden West John Adams SFO+!

These operas are listed in the order of their premier dates and now include musicals. I include operas in which I participated.  The current count is 345.  I put this in because one of the other bloggers has a similar list, and I was feeling competitive.  Now it serves as a kind of index to this blog.  I have added the ranking for the top 100 most frequently performed operas.  The last opera to make the most performed list was written in 1959. Over the years I have seen 155 different operas at the San Francisco Opera.  If I am required to count only operas seen live, that is 263.  I think this is an irrelevant distinction, since it omits HD operas, live streams, DVDs, operas on television, etc.

Key:

BSO=Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
Berkeley-West Edge Opera, Berkeley
City=New York City Opera
ENO=English National Opera, London
HD=high definition from the Metropolitan Opera
HOO=House of Opera DVD
LA=Los Angeles Opera
Met=Metropolitan Opera
OP=Opera Parallele
ROH=Royal Opera House, London
Roma=Rome Opera
Paris=Paris Opera 
Sac=Sacramento State
SacO=Sacramento Opera
Santa Fe=Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico
Sb=Salzburg Festival
SF=San Francisco not SFO
SFO=San Francisco Opera
UT=Ulmer Theater
Verona=Arena di Verona
WNO=Washington National Opera, DC
WSO=Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna
YT=YouTube
Zurich=Zurich Opera
+=World Premier
*=performed in
!=live

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