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.

Middle-aged Paul becomes obsessed by Marietta, a young dancer strikingly similar to his dead wife Marie. His friend Frank and servant Brigitta express misgivings. Marietta visits, notes her resemblance to...
Despite her father’s reservations, Anne becomes engaged to Tom Rakewell. The mysterious Nick Shadow brings Tom news of a windfall inheritance, offering his services for a year. Shadow introduces Tom...
Enrico discovers his sister Lucia loves his rival Edgardo. Meeting secretly the couple exchange rings before Edgardo departs. Their covert correspondence is intercepted. Enrico persuades Lucia of Edgardo’s infidelity using...
Klytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus have murdered her husband Agamemnon. His daughter Elektra stalks Mycenae fixatedly anticipating revenge by her brother Orestes. Her sister Chrysothemis, seeking escape through marriage, cannot...
During a harsh Parisian winter, four struggling bohemian flatmates are preparing to go to the Café Momus, but the writer Rodolfo stays to finish some work. The terminally-ill Mimì arrives,...
Three ladies rescue Prince Tamino from a serpent. Their mistress, the dazzling Queen of the Night, sends Tamino and genial bird-catcher Papageno with magic flute and bells to rescue her...
Militarily successful, Otello reaches Cyprus amidst a terrible storm. Nihilistic Iago, resenting his subservient position, inebriates Cassio provoking riots that interrupt Otello’s reconciliation with his wife. Otello demotes Cassio. Abusing...
The devil, humiliated by his depiction in a church mural, plots revenge on Vakula by ruining his secret tryst with the capricious Oxana. The witch Solokha, Vakula’s mother, simultaneously entertaining...
Princess Marie Therese, the Marschallin, is enjoying an extra-marital affair with adolescent Count Octavian. Interrupted by the Marschallin’s impoverished country cousin Baron Ochs, Octavian escapes disguised as her maid, Mariandel....
Enigmatic Bluebeard leads headstrong new wife Judith inside his forbidding castle. Seeing seven doors, she demands access finding in turn a torture chamber, an armoury, his treasure vault and garden,...
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