Opera Film

These are fully realized opera films (and short films) as opposed to filmed versions of stage performances. A unique genre that has a few outstanding entries. Syberberg's "Parsifal," Bergman's "Magic Flute," Strauss/Huillet's "Moses and Aaron," and Powell's "Tales of Hoffmann" are all acknowledged film masterpieces. But there are a couple of dozen others that are brilliant and fascinating films in their own regard.

Top 15-20 are masterpieces of this unique genre.
Top 40 or so of this list very loosely ranked, things I've seen.
Middle section is lumped together, mostly things I haven't seen yet.
Last 25 or so are not really opera on film, but opera-related film fantasias.

  • Parsifal
  • The Magic Flute
  • Boris Godounov
  • The Tales of Hoffmann
  • Moses and Aaron
  • Perfect Lives
  • Aida
  • Bluebeard's Castle
  • The Flying Dutchman
  • Joan of Arc at the Stake
  • Wozzeck
  • Le Rossignol
  • The Flood
  • Don Giovanni
  • La Cenerentola
  • The Cunning Little Vixen
  • Carmen
  • La traviata
  • Neither
  • Carmina Burana
  • Madame Butterfly
  • Elektra
  • Otello
  • Macbeth
  • Duke Bluebeard's Castle
  • The Turn Of The Screw
  • Madama Butterfly
  • Salome
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • L'Orfeo
  • Weber: Der Freischütz
  • La Bohème
  • L'Incoronazione di Poppea
  • Bluebeard's Castle
  • Erwartung
  • Tosca
  • Il Trovatore
  • Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
  • Carmen
  • Hunter's Bride
  • Pagliacci
  • The Magic Flute
  • Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene
  • Rusalka
  • Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
  • Verdi La Traviata
  • La Bohème
  • Aida
  • Elektra
  • La Clemenza di Tito
  • River of Fundament
  • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
  • Rigoletto
  • Whispering Pines 10
  • Bizet Carmen
  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia
  • Eugene Onegin
  • Boris Godunov
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • From Today Until Tomorrow
  • The Vampyr: A Soap Opera
  • Der Rosenkavalier
  • Eugene Onegin
  • Khovanshchina
  • Death In Venice
  • Werther
  • Maria Stuarda
  • The Queen of Spades
  • The Beggar's Opera
  • A Village Romeo And Juliet
  • The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian
  • The Bartered Bride
  • La Bohème
  • Falstaff
  • Rigoletto
  • Pagliacci
  • Prince Igor
  • Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
  • Dido and Aeneas
  • Die Winterreise
  • Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Lohengrin
  • L'elisir d'amore
  • Louise
  • Mack the Knife
  • La forza del destino
  • Rigoletto
  • Die Zauberflöte
  • Faust and the Devil
  • La signora dalle camelie
  • Tosca
  • Figaros Hochzeit
  • La voix humaine
  • Gasparone
  • Tristan und Isolde
  • The King's Jester
  • Fidelio
  • Wagner: Das Rheingold
  • Aïda
  • Il Trovatore