The Best Opera Music to Listen to Right Now

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Looking for some great opera music to listen to? Look no further than our list of the best opera music to listen to right now! From classic to contemporary, there’s something for everyone.


Opera is a centuries-old art form that continues to enjoy widespread popularity. While it may not be as mainstream as other genres, opera has a devoted following of fans who appreciate the unique mix of music, drama, and visuals.

If you’re new to opera, or just looking for some good music to listen to, here are some of the best opera songs and performances to check out.

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy Le Barbier de Séville (“The Barber of Seville”). The work has proven to be one of the greatest triumphs of Rossini’s career and is still regularly performed today.

The opera tells the story of Count Almaviva’s attempt to woo the young girl Rosina away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, who wants to marry her himself. Complications arise when Almaviva’s page, Figaro, helps Rosina foil Bartolo’s plans. Hilarity ensues as everyone works together to outsmart each other.

The music of The Barber of Seville is some of the most famous and recognizable in all of opera. The overture is particularly well-known and often used in popular culture. Other memorable tunes include “Largo al factotum” (Figaro’s entrance aria), “Un’ aura amorosa” (Almaviva’s serenade to Rosina), and “Ecco ridente in cielo” (Rosina’s aria).

If you’re looking for some great opera music to listen to right now, look no further than The Barber of Seville!


French composer Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen is one of the most popular and well-known works in the entire opera repertoire. The opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy Carmen. Though Don José abandons his former life and true love to pursue Carmen, she ultimately spurns him for the matador Escamillo. jealous and enraged, Don José kills Carmen in a fit of passion – only to meet his own tragic end.

Carmen is renowned for its colourful depictions of Spanish culture and its instantly recognizable melodies, many of which have been repurposed countless times in popular culture. The opera’s most famous aria, “Habanera,” has been featured in everything from movies (The Big Lebowski) to video games (Final Fantasy VI).

Don Giovanni

One of the most popular operas of all time, Don Giovanni was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787. The story follows the titular character, Don Giovanni, as he attempts to seduce and conquest as many women as possible. The opera has been praised for its complex characters and its exploration of morality.

La Bohème

One of the most popular and accessible operas, La Bohème is a tragic love story set in Paris in the 1800s. It tells the story of young lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, and their friends who are all struggling artists. The opera has some of the most beautiful and well-known music, including “Che gelida manina” ( Rodolfo’s aria) and “Musetta’s Waltz”.


Opera is a notoriously complex and theatrical art form, and one that can be difficult to get into if you’re not already familiar with it. But therein lies its great appeal: when it’s good, it can be transcendent.

There are a lot of different operas out there, and no two people will have the same opinion on what the best opera is. But there are certain operas that are generally agreed to be classics, and which are worth listening to if you’re new to the genre.

The Barber of Seville is one of the most popular operas in the world, and is considered by many to be one of the best. It’s a comedy, and one of the things that makes it so great is its catchy tunes and memorable characters. If you’re looking for a light-hearted introduction to opera, this is a good place to start.

Another great opera is Tosca, which is revered for its beautiful music and powerful storyline. It’s a tragic story about love and loss, set against the backdrop of political turmoil in Rome. Tosca is often cited as one of the greatest operas ever written, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

Finally, Wagner’s Ring Cycle is perhaps the most famous opera in the world. It’s an epic work comprising four separate operas, which tell the story of gods, heroes, and monsters in Norse mythology. The Ring Cycle is incredibly complex and ambitious, and it’s certainly not for everyone. But if you’re looking for an opera that will really challenge you, this is it.

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