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Opera Composers of the past & present

Pierre BoulezWithout 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.

Alban Berg Giuseppi Verdi
Aleksandr Borodin Gustave Charpentier
Alfredo Catalani Hector Berlioz
Antonín Dvorak Henry Purcell
Bedrich Smetana Igor Stravinsky

Bela Bartok

Jacques Offenbach

Benjamin Britten John Adams
Camille Saint-Saëns Jules Massenet
Carl Maria von Weber Léo Delibes
Charles Gounod Leos Janácek
Christoph Gluck Ludwig van Beethoven
Claude Debussy Luigi Cherubini
Claudio Monteverdi Modest Mussorgsky
Dmitri Shostakovich Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Erich Korngold Pietro Mascagni
Gaetano Donizetti Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Georges Bizet Richard Strauss
George Frederic Handel Richard Wagner
George Gershwin Ruggero Leoncavallo
Giacomo Meyerbeer Samuel Barber
Gian Carlo Menotti Sergei Prokofiev
Giacomo Puccini Umberto Giordano
Gioachino Rossini Vincenzo Bellini
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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