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1. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederic has fallen in love with sweet innocent ... See full summary »

Director: Wilford Leach | Stars: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose

Votes: 2,629

2. Porgy and Bess (1959)

138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.4
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In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,226

3. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

7.4
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,090 | Gross: $0.09M

4. The Magic Flute (1975 TV Movie)

G | 135 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

7.9
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The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ulrik Cold, Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Håkan Hagegård

Votes: 3,249

5. Madame Butterfly (1995)

134 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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The story of a young geisha who falls madly in love with an american captain that travels all around the world collecting hearts.

Director: Frédéric Mitterrand | Stars: Ying Huang, Richard Troxell, Ning Liang, Richard Cowan

Votes: 499

6. Don Giovanni (1979)

176 min | Drama, Music

7.7
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Screen adapatation of Mozart's greatest opera. Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest after another until the ghost of Donna Anna's father, the Commendatore, (whom ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa

Votes: 870

7. La traviata (1982)

G | 109 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.9
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Violetta meets Alfredo and quickly falls for him. After the lovers run away together, they live in bliss for a short time. However, Alfredo's father, Giorgio, starts to interfere, concerned... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Allan Monk

Votes: 1,128

8. Otello (1986)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Music

7.2
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Based on Shakesphere's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz, Petra Malakova

Votes: 417 | Gross: $0.19M

9. The Mikado (1939)

Not Rated | 90 min | Musical, Comedy

6.7
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The son of the Mikado of Japan, a wandering minstrel, falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Kenny Baker, John Barclay, Martyn Green, Sydney Granville

Votes: 511

10. Carmen (1984)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham

Votes: 1,225

11. Rigoletto (1982)

128 min | Drama, Music

7.9
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This summary contains the complete plot of the opera Rigoletto by Guiseppi Verdi. Rigoletto is a jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua. He has a hunch-back and he's rather unattractive,... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Stars: Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Luciano Pavarotti, Ferruccio Furlanetto

Votes: 229

12. Parsifal (1982)

PG | 255 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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Richard Wagner's last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique, and, for some, unsavory blending of religious and erotic themes and imagery. Based on one ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Armin Jordan, Martin Sperr, Robert Lloyd, Michael Kutter

Votes: 200

13. Cavalleria rusticana (1982 TV Movie)

70 min | Musical

7.7
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Turridu is spotted by his wife, Santuzza, returning from the home of his lover, Lola. He is also seen on the road by Lola's husband, Alfio. While he suspects nothing, Santuzza knows exactly... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Yelena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Fedora Barbieri

Votes: 175

14. Le nozze di Figaro (1975)

181 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.5
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Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Stars: Hermann Prey, Mirella Freni, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kiri Te Kanawa

Votes: 129

15. Pagliacci (1982 TV Movie)

72 min | Music

The story is set in southern Italy and recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Juan Pons, Alberto Rinaldi

16. Turandot (1987 TV Movie)

134 min | Music

8.6
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: James Levine, Eva Marton, Plácido Domingo, Leona Mitchell

Votes: 105

17. Das Rheingold (1990 TV Movie)

163 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

8.5
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'Das Rheingold' tells the story about Alberich's theft of the gold from the Rhine, the forging of the Ring of power and sets off a cascade of events that further develop in the subsequent operas of the Ring Cycle.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Christa Ludwig

Votes: 75

18. Death in Venice (1981 TV Movie)

132 min | Music, Drama

6.0
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Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Robert Gard, John Shirley-Quirk, James Bowman

Votes: 33

19. Parsifal (2011)

240 min | Music

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Parsifal is a strange and enigmatic work. At the end of his life, did Wagner wish to celebrate asceticism, which he himself had never practised? Did he fall upon his knees before the Cross,... See full summary »

Director: Romeo Castellucci | Stars: Thomas Johannes Mayer, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Andrew Richards, Tómas Tómasson

20. Rigoletto (1946)

105 min | Music, Romance

7.9
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Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Tito Gobbi, Marcella Govoni, Lina Pagliughi, Mario Filippeschi

Votes: 23

21. Samson et Dalila (I) (1981 TV Movie)

122 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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While the rest of the Hebrews bewail their fate, Samson alone trusts in God's promise of liberty. Abimelech, the Philistine satrap of Gaza, enters to mock the Hebrews' God, proclaiming the ... See full summary »

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Wolfgang Brendel, Kevin Langan

Votes: 24

22. Der Rosenkavalier (1985 TV Movie)

198 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.8
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Howells, Aage Haugland, Barbara Bonney

Votes: 29

23. Die Walküre (1990 TV Movie)

244 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.9
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig

Votes: 68

24. Parsifal (1993 TV Movie)

Music

8.3
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Bernd Weikl, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Kurt Moll, Franz Mazura

Votes: 27

25. Boris Godunov (1954)

110 min | Drama, Music

8.0
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Action happens at the end of the 16th century, on the eve of "time of troubles". The main character of this historical tragedy - the Russian tsar Boris Godunov who has ascended to a throne ... See full summary »

Director: Vera Stroyeva | Stars: Aleksandr Pirogov, Nikandr Khanayev, Georgi Nelepp, Maksim Mikhaylov

Votes: 45

26. Der Barbier von Sevilla (1973)

141 min | Comedy, Music

7.7
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Directors: Ernst Wild, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Stars: Hermann Prey, Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva, Enzo Dara

Votes: 89

27. Siegfried (1990 TV Movie)

253 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

8.1
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Heinz Zednik

Votes: 61

28. L'incoronazione di Poppea (1979)

164 min | Music, Drama

8.9
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Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Stars: Rachel Yakar, Eric Tappy, Trudeliese Schmidt, Matti Salminen

Votes: 27

29. Götterdämmerung (1990 TV Movie)

281 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.4
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig

Votes: 117

30. Lohengrin (1986 TV Movie)

226 min | Music

7.7
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Stars: Peter Hofmann, John Macurdy, Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Votes: 12

31. Gloriana (1984 TV Movie)

146 min | Music

8.4
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The Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, is hot-blooded and jealous of anyone who might win the Queen's favour. He provokes a fight with the tournament victor, Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, but... See full summary »

Director: Derek Bailey | Stars: Sarah Walker, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Jean Rigby, Neil Howlett

Votes: 12

32. Lucia di Lammermoor (I) (1983 TV Movie)

128 min | Drama, Music

8.5
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, Paul Plishka

Votes: 54

33. Lohengrin, Opera romantica in tre atti (2012 TV Movie)

245 min | Music

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Director: Arnalda Canali | Stars: René Pape, Jonas Kaufmann, Annette Dasch, Tómas Tómasson

34. Beethoven's Fidelio (1980 TV Movie)

128 min | Music, Drama

8.1
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Director: Dave Heather | Stars: Ian Caley, Elizabeth Gale, Curt Appelgren, Elisabeth Söderström

Votes: 11

35. Szkola kochanków, czyli Cosi fan tutte (1987)

101 min | Music, Romance

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Director: Krzysztof Tchórzewski | Stars: Adam Kruszewski, Joanna Kubaszewska, Agnieszka Kurowska, Beata Morawska

36. Die Frau ohne Schatten (1992 TV Movie)

204 min | Fantasy, Music

7.6
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A year has passed since the young Emperor went hunting with his falcon and captured the Peri, who was in the form of a gazelle, and married her. She is still all light, neither human nor a ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Thomas Moser, Cheryl Studer, Marjana Lipovsek, Bryn Terfel

Votes: 22

37. Lucia di Lammermoor (1980 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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This is a Russian-language television adaptation of Donizetti's famous opera based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Directors: Oleg Bijma, V. Gatti | Stars: Anatoli Mokrenko, Viktor Yevgrafov, Stanislav Pazenko, Anna Treleneva

38. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Aida (1989)

158 min | Music

8.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes

Votes: 74

39. The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)
Episode: Amahl and the Night Visitors (1955)

Drama

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One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

Stars: David Aiken, Rosemary Kuhlmann, Leon Lishner, Bill McIver

Votes: 7

40. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Hansel and Gretel (1982)

104 min | Music

9.6
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A live Metropolitan Opera Christmas Day broadcast of Humperdinck's opera.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Frederica von Stade, Judith Blegen, Jean Kraft, Michael Devlin

Votes: 14

41. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: La Bohème (1982)

123 min | Music

8.5
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Teresa Stratas, José Carreras, Renata Scotto, Richard Stilwell

Votes: 55

42. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Rigoletto (1977)

137 min | Music

8.7
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His sarcasm has made many enemies for Rigoletto, court jester for the Duke of Mantua. They conspire to kidnap Rigoletto's mistress for the Duke, unaware that she is really his daughter. Rigoletto's plans for revenge go disastrously wrong.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Ileana Cotrubas, Justino Díaz

Votes: 29

43. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Tosca (1985)

127 min | Music

8.2
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An opera in three acts about an escaped political prisoner, a prima donna, and the brutal chief of the secret police.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Hildegard Behrens, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, James Courtney

Votes: 72