Revealed: The 8 Operas That Changed the World

Barring another epic blast of #Chiberia weather, an intrepid bunch of "Gleacher Creatures" will gather at Chicago's Graham School tomorrow (January 7) for "8 Operas That Changed the World." So, which operas made the elite eight? Some, I presume, will be obvious to opera buffs, and others may surprise you. In this ten-minute audio recording I discuss what drove the selections -- not every choice is a "greatest" opera, or even, necessarily, the favorite from each composer. I also mention some worthy contenders which, for various reasons, were omitted.

Comments are welcome - from students and blog readers equally!

No time to listen? The selected operas are:

  1. Claudio Monteverdi's last opera L'incoronazione di Poppea (The coronation of Poppea) of 1642.
  2. Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata (The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness) of 1786
  3. Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto (1851)
  4. Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (1865)
  5. Modest Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov (1874)
  6. Georges Bizet, Carmen (1875)
  7. Richard Strauss, Salome (1905)
  8. Alban Berg, Wozzeck (1925)