*This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.
Welcome to the final instalment of my series on the greatest operas of all time. We’ve come a long way from the precious melodies of Handel and Monteverdi, through empires and fads, world wars and ideological upheavals, and now we reach the 21st century. These last six composers – as well as my brief thoughts on a few others – surely only represent the tip of a musical iceberg. There are undoubtedly many other operatic composers working in their own countries, earning a reputation amongst musicians and musicgoers. I hope that – should I revise this list in ten or twenty years – I will have many more names to add from this era. (And, of course, as I’m only profiling composers who have made prominent strides in the specific field of opera, this shouldn’t be taken to be a survey of composers as a whole!)
Please feel free to comment across the ten weeks on composers, operas, and recordings that I’ve missed. I’m always keen to expand my knowledge, and there is so much more out there to be found.