Operabase New and rare opera 
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There are over 25,000 opera performances each year.  Many of them are what Francesca Zambello has called the ABCs — the Aidas, Bohèmes and Carmens — the popular staples.

The annotated new and rare opera list is aimed at connecting people with more unusual fare.  Some of these pieces are well-known (but infrequently performed), others are more obscure, many are world premieres.

In this years listing, we have added text boxes to highlight interesting observations, noteworthy works or anniversaries and themes: the MITO Settembre Musica festival, adaptions of Shakespeare and Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Elliot Carter's centenary, operas based on non-western sources, operas inspired by art works.
View the 2008/09 listing as a pdf (207Kb)
Sixty new works are receiving their world premieres in the 2007/08 season, but the season also includes the first public stagings of works composed in 1820 (Felix Mendelssohn), in 1908-9 (Karol Szymanowski), and in 1939-43 (Walter Braunfels) and performances of the first western-style operas from Australia (Isaac Nathan, 1847), from Japan (Yamada Kosaku, 1940), and from western Africa (Zé Manel, 2007).
View the 2007/08 listing as a webpage (of 157Kb), as a Word document (of 376Kb).