Opera 100

Here we write a 100-word précis of numerous opera plots. This is an ongoing and serendipitous series, the idea being to present the storyline in an instant.

Count Almaviva has amorous designs on his wife’s maid Susanna, engaged to his valet Figaro. Simultaneously, the pageboy Cherubino is pursuing the Countess, unhappy at her husband’s apparent disinterest in...
Egotistical poet Gregor Mittenhofer retreats to the Alps to seek creative inspiration from the visions of Hilde Mack whose husband disappeared on the mountains forty years earlier. His various admirers...
Violetta is introduced to Alfredo Germont at a party. He persuades her to abandon her extravagant ways, which would otherwise lead her to an early grave. Violetta supports their new...
Napoli poet Prosdocimo, writing a new opera, influences the lives of those he observes. Gypsy Zaida, accompanied by Albazar, misses her ex-fiancé and Turkish prince Selim. Geronio is concerned about...
A forester catches a vixen cub, taking her home. The resourceful vixen incites the hens to feminist rebellion against the cock before slaughtering them and escaping. Evicting the badger she...
Boris, financially dependent on his uncle Dikoj, loves Katya, a sympathetic woman married to Tichon, a weak man dominated by his harsh mother Kabanicha. Kabanicha taunts Katya for her passivity...
Ethiopian princess Aida is brought to be a slave of Egyptian princess Amneris; Radames, who loves Aida but is loved by Amneris, captains the force sent to repel the rescue...
Shy Nemorino adores beautiful but capricious Adina. Purchasing a bottle of “Queen Isotta’s love potion” from itinerant quack Dr Dulcamara he proposes to Adina. Intoxicated by Bordeaux wine his over-confidence...
Alexei is besotted with Pauline. In debt to the Marquis, Paulina gave money to Alexei to gamble for her, alas unsuccessfully. Her stepfather the General, Alexei’s employer, is enamoured with...
Ferrando and Gugliemo wager with cynical Don Alfonso on the constancy of their lovers Dorabella and Fiordiligi. For one day all Alfonso’s demands must be followed. Claiming military conscription the...
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