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NAQT Operas

Aida Composer Guiseppi Verdi and Antonio Ghislanzoni
Year Aida was composed 1871
Aida Summary Aida is an Ethiopian princess who is held captive in Egypt. She falls in love with Radames, who is caught and buried alive. Premiered at Cairo Opera House.
Carmen Composer Georges Bizet, Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halevy
Year Carmen was composed 1875
Carmen Summary Carmen is a gypsy who works in a cigarette factory in Seville. She is jailed for fighting . Her lover, Escamillo, is competing in a bull fight and he stabs her.
The Marriage of Figaro Composers Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte
Year The Marriage of Figaro was composed 1786
The Marriage of Figaro Summary Figaro and Susanna are servants to Count Almaviva, who plan to marry. Marcillina wants to marry Figaro. The Count wants to marry Susanna. But everything is settled out with impersonating people.
The Barber of Seville Composers Rossini and Cesare Sterbini
Year The Barber of Seville was composed 1816
The Barber of Seville Summary Count Almaviva loves Rosina, the ward of Dr. Bartolo. Figaro promises to help him win the girl by disguising himself as Lindoro, a soldier, and a music teacher. Dr. Bartolo foils the plan.
William Tell Composers Rossini
Year William Tell was composed 1829
William Tell Summary Tell is a 14th century Swiss patriot who wishes to end Austria's domination in his country. Tell helps Leuthold escape from the governor, Gessler, but he is arrested. He escapes from the Austrians.
Don Giovanni Composers Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte
Year Don Giovanni was composed 1787
Don Giovanni Summary Don Giovanni attempts to seduce Don Anna, but is discovered by her father, the Commendatore. After several sword fights and assinations, Giovanni is taken to Hell.
Salome Composers Richard Strauss and Hugo Oscar Wilder
Year Salome was composed 1905
Salome Summary Jokanaan is jailed in King Herod's dungeons. His 15-yr-old daughter becomes obsessed with Jokanaan's religious passion. She asks Herod for Jokanaan's head which he gives her but orders her to be killed.
Boris Godunov composers Modest Mussorgsky
Year Boris Godunov was composed 1874
Boris Godunov Summary Boris Godunov is the chief advisor of Ivan the Terrible who is supposed to take Ivan's throne. The religious novice Grigori impersonates the younger son, Dmitri, who Boris has already killed. Finally, Boris dies in front of noblemen.
La Boheme Composers Giaconni Puccini
Year La Boheme was composed 1896
La Boheme Summary Four poor friends: Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline, and Schaunard live in Paris. Rodolfo falls in love with Mimi and Marcello loves Musetta. Mimi dies from tuberculosis.
Madama Butterfly Composers Giaconni Puccini
Madama Butterfly was composed 1904
Madama Butterfly summary Lieutenant Benjamin Pinkerton is stationed in Nagasaki where he weds Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly). He leaves Cio to raise their son "Trouble". Pinkerton returns with his new wife Kate and Cio gives them "Trouble" and then commits suicide.
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