Opera 100

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.

Verdi: La traviata

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

Read More »

Rossini: Il turco in Italia

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

Read More »

Janáček: Katya Kabanova

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

Read More »

Verdi: Aida

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

Read More »

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore

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

Read More »

Prokofiev: The Gambler

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,

Read More »

Mozart: Così fan tutte

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

Read More »

Korngold: Die tote Stadt

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

Read More »

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress

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

Read More »

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

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

Read More »

Strauss: Elektra

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,

Read More »
Share This
Skip to content