Statistieken 2011/12 
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Key figures at-a-glance:

  • Operabase
    400.000 performances on file since 1996;
    Seasons of 900+ opera companies

  • The five seasons 2007/8 to 2011/12
    Works from 1108 different composers were played, of whom more than half (580) are living
    A total of 2350 different works were given, including over 300 world premieres

  • The 2011/12 season
    Over 21700 performances
    The most operatic countries: Duitsland (7307 performances)
    Cities with the most opera: Berlin (561 performances)
LandenTop
deDuitsland  7307 (81.758m)
usVerenigde Staten   1780 (308.746m)
atOostenrijk  1291 (8.356m)
frFrankrijk  1269 (65.822m)
itItalië  1251 (60.419m)
ukVerenigd Koninkrijk  1047 (62.042m)
chZwitserland  701 (7.786m)
seZweden  599 (9.354m)
ruRusland  585 (141.927m)
10 czTsjechische Republiek  523 (10.675m)
11 esSpanje  523 (46.030m)
12 plPolen  483 (38.192m)
13 huHongarije  377 (9.942m)
14 auAustralië  353 (22.560m)
15 beBelgië  262 (10.828m)
16 nlNederland  257 (16.648m)
17 caCanada  236 (34.352m)
18 noNoorwegen  211 (4.938m)
19 skSlovakije  179 (5.430m)
20 roRoemenië  174 (21.959m)
Total number of performances by country, for the 2011/12 season. In brackets, the national populations in millions.
NB: figures for countries outside western Europe and North America (particularly Russia) will be too low, as it was difficult to get accurate and complete information for them [See a later year].
As Operabase collected about 21,000 performances in this season, Germany is mounting about 30% of all opera performances globally.
Landen, per capitaTop
atOostenrijk154.5 (1291 /8.356m)
eeEstland100.7 (135 /1.340m)
chZwitserland90.0 (701 /7.786m)
deDuitsland89.4 (7307 /81.758m)
seZweden64.0 (599 /9.354m)
czTsjechische Republiek49.0 (523 /10.675m)
noNoorwegen42.7 (211 /4.938m)
huHongarije37.9 (377 /9.942m)
skSlovakije33.0 (179 /5.430m)
10 fiFinland30.5 (164 /5.375m)
11 luLuxemburg29.9 (15 /0.502m)
12 lvLetland28.9 (64 /2.218m)
13 siSlovenië28.3 (58 /2.049m)
14 dkDenemarken27.9 (155 /5.558m)
15 beBelgië24.2 (262 /10.828m)
16 hrKroatië23.2 (104 /4.486m)
17 bgBulgarije21.5 (163 /7.577m)
18 itItalië20.7 (1251 /60.419m)
19 frFrankrijk19.3 (1269 /65.822m)
20 ltLitouwen18.5 (60 /3.244m)
The number of performances per million citizens. In brackets, the total number of performances and the population in millions.

StedenTop
1de (#1)Berlin  561  (3.44m)
2at (#1)Wien  517  (2.00m)
3uk (#1)London  418  (8.28m)
4fr (#1)Paris  391  (10.20m)
5cz (#1)Praha  368  (1.25m)
6us (#1)New York  353  (18.22m)
7ru (#1)Moscow  352  (10.56m)
8de (#2)München  311  (2.61m)
9de (#3)Hamburg  287  (1.77m)
10de (#4)Dresden  286  (0.78m)
11hu (#1)Budapest  254  (2.52m)
12se (#1)Stockholm  219  (1.25m)
13ch (#1)Zurich  205  (0.37m)
14au (#1)Sydney  201  (3.64m)
15de (#5)Köln  185  (1.00m)
16ru (#2)St Petersburg  179  (4.88m)
17pl (#1)Wroclaw  177  (0.63m)
18de (#6)Frankfurt  175  (2.29m)
19de (#7)Stuttgart  166  (1.80m)
20sk (#1)Bratislava  163  (0.59m)
The number of performances in each city, in the 2011/12 season. The figure given in brackets is the urban population in millions.
Measured by the number of opera performances in the 2011/12 season, the most operatic cities were Berlin (with 594 performances), Wien, London, Paris, and M√ľnchen (in position 5), followed by Prague, New York, and Dresden. 

Since our first set of statistics, Berlin has overtaken Wien to be the city with most opera performances.

Of the top 100 most operatic cities,

  • 45 are in Germany
  • 7 in Austria
  • 6 each in Switzerland and Italy
  • 4 in Poland
  • 3 in the US, and in Russia
  • 2 in the Czech Republic, in Spain, in the UK and in Australia

ComponistenTop
1it (#1)Verdi2275 (28 Opera's)
2at (#1)Mozart1833 (24 Opera's)
3it (#2)Puccini1830 (12 Opera's)
4de (#1)Wagner,R920 (18 Opera's)
5it (#3)Rossini838 (40 Opera's)
6it (#4)Donizetti793 (31 Opera's)
7fr (#1)Bizet512 (5 Opera's)
8de (#2)Strauss,R509 (14 Opera's)
9uk (#1)Handel468 (53 Opera's)
10fr (#2)Offenbach348 (30 Opera's)
11ru (#1)Tchaikovsky345 (7 Opera's)
12at (#2)Strauss,J316 (11 Opera's)
13uk (#2)Britten275 (18 Opera's)
14de (#3)Humperdinck239 (2 Opera's)
15hu (#1)Lehár229 (12 Opera's)
16it (#5)Bellini221 (8 Opera's)
17fr (#3)Gounod211 (6 Opera's)
18cz (#1)Janáček202 (10 Opera's)
19fr (#4)Massenet187 (13 Opera's)
20it (#6)Leoncavallo186 (6 Opera's)
21de (#4)Gluck160 (15 Opera's)
22it (#7)Mascagni158 (8 Opera's)
23hu (#2)Kálmán140 (7 Opera's)
24de (#5)Weill139 (16 Opera's)
25uk (#3)Purcell123 (6 Opera's)
26it (#8)Monteverdi119 (10 Opera's)
27cz (#2)Dvořák,A114 (5 Opera's)
28de (#6)Beethoven110 (2 Opera's)
Composer and opera tables are based on counts of performance runs over the five seasons from 2007/08 to 2011/12, ie how many times a work was programmed not the number of performances.
Works from nearly 1200 different composers were played over these five seasons.

Compared with our statistics from 2009/10, the order of the composers remains much the same, but there have been big increases in the numbers of performances of works by the composers at the top of the table.  This is possibly due to some companies choosing safer programming due to the global financial situation.  There were also big increases for composers with approaching centenaries: Verdi 3020 productions (up from 2259 in 2009/10), Wagner (1292 up from 920).

Levende componistenTop
1us (#1)Glass55 (17 Opera's)
2us (#2)Adams26 (5 Opera's)
3us (#3)Heggie25 (5 Opera's)
4de (#1)Rihm24 (8 Opera's)
5fr (#1)Dusapin23 (6 Opera's)
6hu (#1)Eötvös22 (8 Opera's)
7uk (#1)Davies,PM21 (7 Opera's)
8us (#4)Floyd19 (5 Opera's)
9uk (#2)Birtwistle18 (7 Opera's)
10uk (#3)Dove18 (8 Opera's)
11de (#2)Glanert18 (7 Opera's)
12fi (#1)Saariaho16 (4 Opera's)
13it (#1)Sciarrino15 (6 Opera's)
14de (#3)Reimann13 (5 Opera's)
15ar (#1)Golijov13 (2 Opera's)
16de (#4)Jost13 (7 Opera's)
17de (#5)Lund13 (2 Opera's)
18de (#6)Streul12 (2 Opera's)
19uk (#4)Weir12 (5 Opera's)
20uk (#5)Benjamin11 (2 Opera's)
21be (#1)Boesmans10 (3 Opera's)
22jp (#1)Hosokawa10 (3 Opera's)
23ru (#1)Shchedrin(5 Opera's)
24it (#2)Battistelli(6 Opera's)
25at (#1)Haas,Georg(4 Opera's)
26it (#3)Tutino(4 Opera's)
27us (#5)Adamo(2 Opera's)
28at (#2)Naske(3 Opera's)
29pl (#1)Penderecki(2 Opera's)
30uk (#6)Nyman(2 Opera's)
31gr (#1)Aperghis(5 Opera's)
32cn (#1)Tan(4 Opera's)
33uk (#7)Adès(2 Opera's)
34us (#6)Balada(3 Opera's)
35de (#7)Zimmermann,U(1 Opera's)
36us (#7)Pape(2 Opera's)
37de (#8)Schwemmer(1 Opera's)
38fr (#2)Strasnoy(3 Opera's)
39pl (#2)Krauze(4 Opera's)
40nl (#1)Andriessen(3 Opera's)
41us (#8)Johnson(3 Opera's)
42at (#3)Mitterer(3 Opera's)
43it (#4)Valtinoni(2 Opera's)
44lv (#1)Lūsēns(2 Opera's)
45ee (#1)Tüür(1 Opera's)
46de (#9)Eggert(4 Opera's)
47no (#1)Kverndokk(4 Opera's)
48nl (#2)van der Aa(2 Opera's)
49us (#9)Previn(2 Opera's)
50fi (#2)Sallinen(4 Opera's)
Perhaps the most surprising — yet most welcome — single item of data to come out of these statistics is the proportion of the opera composers who are living.  Of the near 1200 composers programmed over the last five seasons, over 640 are alive

Note: this is the list of living composers as at the end of the 2011/12 season (31 July 2012). Hans Werner Henze, 2nd in the list, died 27 October 2012; Grigory Frid, 8th in the list, died 22 September 2012. ]

 
Opera'sTop
1it (#1)Verdi (#1)La traviata (486)
2it (#2)Puccini (#1)La bohème (470)
3fr (#1)Bizet (#1)Carmen (450)
4at (#1)Mozart (#1)Die Zauberflöte (442)
5it (#3)Puccini (#2)Tosca (405)
6at (#2)Mozart (#2)Le nozze di Figaro (381)
7it (#4)Puccini (#3)Madama Butterfly (375)
8it (#5)Rossini (#1)Il barbiere di Siviglia (367)
9it (#6)Verdi (#2)Rigoletto (340)
10at (#3)Mozart (#3)Don Giovanni (320)
11at (#4)Mozart (#4)Così fan tutte (259)
12it (#7)Verdi (#3)Aida (244)
13it (#8)Donizetti (#1)L'elisir d'amore (240)
14de (#1)Humperdinck (#1)Hänsel und Gretel (234)
15at (#5)Strauss,J (#1)Die Fledermaus (222)
16it (#9)Puccini (#4)Turandot (217)
17ru (#1)Tchaikovsky (#1)Eugene Onegin (200)
18it (#10)Donizetti (#2)Lucia di Lammermoor (188)
19it (#11)Leoncavallo (#1)Pagliacci (179)
20it (#12)Verdi (#4)Nabucco (176)
21it (#13)Verdi (#5)Il trovatore (164)
22hu (#1)Lehár (#1)Die lustige Witwe (138)
23it (#14)Rossini (#2)La cenerentola (138)
24it (#15)Mascagni (#1)Cavalleria rusticana (136)
25it (#16)Verdi (#6)Un ballo in maschera (131)
26it (#17)Verdi (#7)Macbeth (131)
27it (#18)Verdi (#8)Otello (126)
28at (#6)Mozart (#5)Die Entführung (126)
29de (#2)Strauss,R (#1)Salome (124)
30fr (#2)Offenbach (#1)Les contes d'Hoffmann (124)
31fr (#3)Gounod (#1)Faust (122)
32it (#19)Verdi (#9)Falstaff (120)
33de (#3)Wagner,R (#1)Der fliegende Holländer (117)
34de (#4)Beethoven (#1)Fidelio (109)
35de (#5)Wagner,R (#2)Tristan und Isolde (105)
36de (#6)Wagner,R (#3)Die Walküre (104)
37de (#7)Wagner,R (#4)Das Rheingold (102)
38it (#20)Puccini (#5)Gianni Schicchi (101)
39cz (#1)Dvořák,A (#1)Rusalka (101)
40it (#21)Donizetti (#3)Don Pasquale (100)
41de (#8)Strauss,R (#2)Der Rosenkavalier (98)
42de (#9)Wagner,R (#5)Parsifal (95)
43de (#10)Strauss,R (#3)Ariadne auf Naxos (94)
44it (#22)Bellini (#1)Norma (94)
45de (#11)Weber (#1)Der Freischütz (93)
46de (#12)Gluck (#1)Orfeo ed Euridice (93)
47ru (#2)Tchaikovsky (#2)Pikovaya Dama (88)
48it (#23)Verdi (#10)Don Carlos (87)
49de (#13)Wagner,R (#6)Tannhäuser (85)
50de (#14)Wagner,R (#7)Siegfried (85)
Over the 5 seasons, 2007/08 to 2011/12, there were more than 104,000 performances of 2588 different works.

Compared with our previous statistics in 2009, the top 10 works remain the same with small changes in the order but with big increases in the numbers of times the works have been programmed.  The biggest change is Verdi's La traviata, which was in second place in our first survey with 447 runs, and which now is the most commonly programmed opera with 629 runs over the 2007/08 to 2011/12 seasons.

Britten's Turn of the Screw (#73) overtakes Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth (#82) for the most frequently programmed opera from a composer born in the 20th century.

There are two works by living composers in the top 200 most frequently programmed works: Grigory Frid's monodrama The Diary of Anne Frank (#129), and the opera Dead Man Walking from Jake Heggie (#174).

Note: Grigory Frid died after these statistics were compiled, on 22 September 2012]

Operabase produces an annual New and Rare listing, highlighting about 600 of the more unusual titles in the season. It is available online, at New&Rare