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A Florentine who composed both, the first opera ever, Dafne (1598), and the first surviving opera, Euridice (1600).
He is generally regarded as the first major opera composer; he created the first operatic masterpiece.
He wrote what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne (1627), of which the music has since been lost.
He was a major force in spreading opera throughout Italy and also helped introduce it to France. His Giasone was the most popular opera of the 17th century.
He founded the tradition of tragédie en musique which would remain the most prestigious French operatic genre for almost a hundred years.
He was the first English operatic composer of significance.
He was the most important French opera composer of the 18th century, endowing his works with a great richness of invention.
His baroque-era opera serias set the standard in his day. His masterwork is generally thought to be Giulio Cesare.
This key figure in t. transformation of Baroque into Classical opera threw off the formal conventions of opera seria that would concentr. on drama rather than musical virtuosity.
This genius’ series of comic collaborations with Lorenzo da Ponte are among the most famous operas ever.
His only opera is one of the major German language operas, a tale of freedom from political oppression.
This master of orchestral colour and atmosphere founded German Romantic opera in order to challenge the dominance of Italian bel canto.
He is the archetypal composer of French grand opera. His huge extravaganzas such as Les Huguenots and Le prophète were immensely popular in their day.
This famous Italian linked bel canto with Grand Opera.
This Bergamese is one of the masters of the bel canto style.
One of the two big composers of French grand opera; his key work is La Juive, a story of religious intolerance set in 15th century Germany.
Known for his long-flowing melodic lines, for which he was named 'the Swan of Catania,' he was one of the masters of bel canto opera.
He composed the epic Les Troyens, the only French opera of its era of sufficient magnitude to challenge the music dramas of Wagner.
He founded the Russian operatic tradition.
This revolutioner of opera abolished the traditional distinction between recitative and aria and pioneered a new through-composed style of opera that avoids traditional cadences.
This Italian, who also became a symbol for the Risorgimento, composed numerous masterpieces and transcended the boundaries of the genre.
One of his operas is the most famous one dealing with the Faust theme.
He was the founder of French operetta and a prolific composer of pieces which achieved tremendous success with Parisian audiences for their catchy melodies and satirical bite.
He established Czech national opera with such historical epics as Dalibor. His most famous opera is a folk comedy.
He spent 17 years working on a single opera, Prince Igor, which now forms a key part of the Russian repertory.
He composed a grand opera about a Biblical tale found in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges, including one of the most popular recital pieces in the mezzo-soprano/contralto repertoir
His most famous opera is about Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, capt. the Oriental ambiance that was in vogue in French opera during the latter part of the 19th century.
At the time of its premiere, the controversial plot of his opera based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée scandalised both critics and the public.
This Russian completed only one opera, but it proved to be inspiration for generations of Russian composers on account of its uniquely nationalist character.
His fame as an opera composer mainly rests on two operas that are based on works by Pushkin.
His most famous opera is about a water sprite of Slavic mythology.
Arguably the most representative French opera composer of the Belle Époque, best known for two operas based on works by Abbé Prévost and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
This Russian composer wrote colourful operas on legendary and historical subjects.
His first mature opera which was premiered in 1904 in Brno incorporates his studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis.
This Neapolitan is famous for a masterpiece of verismo.
The only true successor to Giuseppe Verdi in Italian opera, he composed numerous masterpieces with several famous arias that have also become part of popular culture.
This Frenchman composed only one opera, a key work in 20th century music drama, based on a work by the symbolist Maeterlinck.
His 1890 masterpiece caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and single-handedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music.
One of few opera composers to accept the challenge laid down by the radical nature of Wagner's innovative works. He often worked together with Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
A follower of Wagner, he is best known for the opera Palestrina which explores the debate between tradition and innovation in music.
A leading Modernist composer and the deviser of the twelve-tone system, he began his operatic career with the Expressionist monodrama Erwartung.
He wrote two short, but innovative, operas: L'enfant et les sortilèges, set in the world of childhood, and the Spanish-flavoured L'heure espagnole.
One of his best known works is based loosely on paintings by William Hogarth.
The works of this Austrian are characterised by their atonal music which uses tonal conventions harkening back to late romanticism and tragic libretti.
His only opera is loosely based on a folktale of a serial killer.
A major modern composer in the Russian tradition, he produced operas on a wide variety of subjects, from a comic fairy-tale to a dark and occult piece and and epic war piece.
His key opera, dealing with the problems of an artist in a time of crisis, has been seen as an allegory of his situation during the Third Reich.
He became famous with an American folk opera about a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina.
His most famous opera, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, a violent love story set in provincial Russia, scandalised Soviet authorities.
This British composed operas based on works by Henry James, Thomas Mann and Herman Melville.

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