Carmen | Georges Bizet composed this French opera. It was premiered at the Opera Comique of Paris on 3 March 1875. The story is about Carmen, a beautiful gypsy with a fiery temper. Her reckless love ruins many men.
La Traviata | This is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. I like it for the musical content and the scores, which are brilliantly composed.
La Bohème | This is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. It is the only recording of a Puccini opera led by its original conductor.
The Marriage of Figaro | This is described as an opera buffa (comic opera) and was composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is now regarded as a cornerstone of the standard operatic repertoire and is reputed to be the sixth most performed opera in North America.
Tannhauser | An opera in three acts, the music and text are by Richard Wagner. The key themes are the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love (a theme running through almost all of Wagner’s mature work).