most popular operas in the World in 2014

The most popular operas in 2014 were la Bohème, Traviata, Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte (the Magic Flute), Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Sigilia, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Rigoletto. This ranking is based on data gathered by the Internet site Bachstrack.  (French version here)les 10 operas les plus joués en 2014

Regarding languages in which these operas are usually sung, Italian is the great winner:  8 operas are performed in Italian! French thanks to Carmen and German thanx to The Magic Flute complement the top 10.

As for composers, Puccini and Mozart rank first ex aequo with 3 operas. Verdi ranks second with Traviata and Rigoletto in front of Bizet and Rossini.

Les compositeurs d'opéra les plus joués

Spain leads regarding plot place !

You may also notice that Spain is very present in this ranking. Carmen, Don Giovanni, the Barber and the Wedding happen in Spanish town and specially in Sevilla 

The exciting city of Sevilla sits by the way on the first balcony ! Not surprisingly a lot of opera dedicated walk routes are marketed by the Tourism office  !


Les opéras les connus sont souvent basés sur des œuvres d'auteurs français

France will find consolation (Carmen is no longer the most popular operas in the World) as Paris is the place of the plot of 2 operas (Traviata and Bohème).

Librettos are also mainly inspired by masterpieces of French writers ((Beaumarchais, Victor Hugo, Prosper Mérimée, Alexandre Dumas Fils, Henri Murger, Victorien Sardou et Pierre Loti, Molière). Ouf! France’s honour remains intact 🙂 !

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About Ramzi SAIDANI

Ramzi SAIDANI is fond of classical music (abooove all opera) and new technologies. He particularly likes digital, the web, Puccini, Massenet, Domingo, Alagna, Netrebko & Gruberova (Grubi for the closest friends :). He has been working as digital marketer and strategy consultant for 15 years. He has funded Lanoramax a consulting company focused on cultural industries that helps the start-ups (of which Sonic Solveig) and the incumbent musical institutions to achieve their digital transformation and strategies. He has created and animated the Meet-up Music and Digital (#MusikNum) in the CentQuatre Paris since septembre 2016. Ramzi is a also a tenor. He has studied lyric singing with Pierre VANHOENACKERE in Tourcoing Conservatory and Robert Expert and Sonia Morgavi in Bobigny. He is also president of the Association Cavatine et Rondo (dedicated to lyrical music promotion) and he wrote a book of short stories ”Nouvelles Russes”, in which of course music play a major role :)

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