Without the inspired composers there would be no operas to thrill us. With so many composers we can only bring you a short list of the composers whose works dominate the opera theatres and opera houses of the world today.
If we've left anyone out that you think should be here, please let us know.
Pictured is one of the most loved opera composers of all time. Giacomo Puccini who brought verrismo style into the fore during the early part of the twentieth century.