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An opera is a stage work written for virtuoso singers as soloists, and a chorus, who also act on the stage. They are backed by a full orchestra. The word derives from Latin 'opus' whose plural is 'opera', thus meaning 'works'. In most early and traditional operas there is no spoken dialogue, everything is sung.  The conversational or declarative sections are called 'recitative' as they are recited, often in a montone. A song is called an 'aria', which is Italian for 'air'.  Many of these are written to display the virtouso talents of the lead singers. The leading lady is usually a soprano and is called the 'prima donna'.  Another term frequently used to describe a prima donna is a 'diva', Italian for a 'goddess', but the leading man is never called a divo or dio (= 'god') because that would appear blasphemous..

Opera composers usually write an overture which is played at the beginning of the performance, before the curtain rises. Even though the orchestra is usually hidden in a 'pit' directly in front of, and below the stage, the overture is an important part of the opera, and well-behaved audiences listen attentively.  Many composers have written operas which are long-forgotten, never performed on stage, but whose overtures live on in the concert hall.  An excellent example of this is the 'William Tell' overture by Rossini.

Tunes belonging to the Opera category. Audio is available for 112 tunes for this category.
No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 AidaVerdiOrchestraRomantic
2 Au Fond du Temple Saint from The Pearl FishersBizetWind Chamber GroupsRomantic
3 Barber of Seville, OperaRossiniOrchestraRomantic
4 Carmen, - suite and selected ariasBizetOrchestraRomantic
5 Cenerentola (Cinderella)RossiniOrchestraRomantic
6 Che Farò Senza Euridice from Orpheus and EuridiceGluckOrchestraBaroque
7 Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from NabuccoVerdiChoirRomantic
8 Dance of the Tumblers, from "Snow Maiden"Rimsky-KorsakovOrchestraRomantic
9 Die Fledermaus. "The Bat". Operetta.Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
10 Don GiovanniMozartOrchestraClassical
11 Eugin OneginTchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
12 Flower Duet from LakméDelibesOrchestraImpressionist
13 Flying DutchmanWagnerOrchestraRomantic
14 Gianni SchicchiPucciniOrchestraRomantic
15 GondoliersSullivanOrchestraRomantic
16 Gypsy BaronStrauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
17 HMS PinaforeSullivanOrchestraRomantic
18 Hopak - from the Fair at Sorochinsk (Opera)MussorgskyOrchestraRomantic
19 I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, from The Bohemian GirlBalfeSoloRomantic
20 IolantheSullivanOrchestraRomantic
21 Jewel Song from FaustGounodDuetRomantic
22 Jewels of the MadonnaWolf-FerrariOrchestraRomantic
23 Judas MaccabeusHandelOrchestraBaroque
24 La Belle HélèneOffenbachOrchestraRomantic
25 La BohemePucciniOrchestraRomantic
26 La Clemenza di TitoMozartOrchestraClassical
27 La Donna è Mobile from RigolettoVerdiOrchestraRomantic
28 La TraviataVerdiOrchestraRomantic
29 Le Nozze di FigaroMozartOrchestraClassical
30 L'Elisir d"AmoreDonizettiOrchestraRomantic
31 LohengrinWagnerSoloRomantic
32 Madame ButterflyPucciniOrchestraRomantic
33 Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote)MozartOrchestraClassical
34 Master SingersWagnerOrchestraRomantic
35 MikadoSullivanOrchestraRomantic
36 NormaBelliniOrchestraRomantic
37 Ombra mai piu - Aria from Xerxes (Largo)HandelSoloBaroque
38 ParsifalWagnerOrchestraRomantic
39 Pirates of PenzanceSullivanOrchestraRomantic
40 Prelude to Khovanschina (opera)MussorgskyOrchestraRomantic
41 Romeo and JulietGounodOrchestraRomantic
42 RuddigoreSullivanOrchestraRomantic
43 SamsonHandelSoloBaroque
44 Samson et DalilaSaint-SaensOrchestraRomantic
45 Song to the Moon from RusalkaDvořákOrchestraRomantic
46 TannhauserWagnerOrchestraRomantic
47 The Maids of CadizDelibesOrchestraRomantic
48 The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)LehárOrchestraRomantic
49 ToscaPucciniOrchestraRomantic
50 Tristan und IsoldeWagnerOrchestraRomantic
51 TrovatoreVerdiOrchestraRomantic
52 TurandotPucciniOrchestraRomantic
53 When other lips (Will you remember me) - from The Bohemian GirlBalfeDuetRomantic
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