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, and around 60 each year are world premieres.

View the 2011/12 listing as a webpage (rich with links)
View the 2010/11 listing as a webpage (rich with links)
In English: View the 2009/10 listing as a webpage (rich with links) // as a pdf (perfect for printing)
En français: Voir la liste 2009/10 sur une page web (avec liens vers les distributions, dates de représentations, etc) // en document pdf (peut être imprimé)
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 webpage (390Kb)
(The earlier pdf (207Kb) is now out-of-date)
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).