Στατιστικά 2009/10 
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Στατιστικά : 2012/13 2009/10

Key figures at-a-glance:

  • Operabase
    345.000 performances on file since 1996;
    Seasons of 700+ opera companies

  • The five seasons 2005/6 to 2009/10
    Works from 1010 different composers were played, of whom more than 500 are living
    A total of 2170 different works were given, including over 300 world premieres

  • The 2009/10 season
    Over 21100 performances
    The most operatic countries: Γερμανία (7266 performances)
    Cities with the most opera: Wien (616 performances)
ΧώρεςTop
deΓερμανία  7266 (81.758m)
usΗνωμένες Πολιτείες  1877 (308.746m)
atΑυστρία  1337 (8.356m)
frΓαλλία  1232 (65.822m)
itΙταλία  1204 (60.419m)
ukΗνωμένο Βασίλειο  1127 (62.042m)
chΕλβετία  782 (7.786m)
ruΡωσσία  674 (141.927m)
plΠολωνία   652 (38.192m)
10 esΙσπανία  640 (46.030m)
11 czΤσεχία  563 (10.675m)
12 seΣουηδία  433 (9.354m)
13 huΟυγγαρία  377 (9.942m)
14 auΑυστραλία  333 (22.560m)
15 beΒέλγιο  282 (10.828m)
16 nlΟλλανδία  253 (16.648m)
17 caΚαναδάς  218 (34.352m)
18 dkΔανία  217 (5.558m)
19 skΣλοβακία  210 (5.430m)
20 fiΦινλανδία  176 (5.375m)
Total number of performances by country, for the 2009/10 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.
Χώρες, κατά κεφαλήνTop
mxΜεξικό0.0 (4 /115.297m)
atΑυστρία160.0 (1337 /8.356m)
chΕλβετία100.4 (782 /7.786m)
eeΕσθονία98.5 (132 /1.340m)
deΓερμανία88.9 (7266 /81.758m)
czΤσεχία52.7 (563 /10.675m)
seΣουηδία46.3 (433 /9.354m)
dkΔανία39.0 (217 /5.558m)
skΣλοβακία38.7 (210 /5.430m)
10 siΣλοβενία38.1 (78 /2.049m)
11 huΟυγγαρία37.9 (377 /9.942m)
12 lvΛάτβια37.9 (84 /2.218m)
13 fiΦινλανδία32.7 (176 /5.375m)
14 noΝορβηγία29.0 (143 /4.938m)
15 beΒέλγιο26.0 (282 /10.828m)
16 luΛουξεμβούργο23.9 (12 /0.502m)
17 ltΛιθουανία20.0 (65 /3.244m)
18 itΙταλία19.9 (1204 /60.419m)
19 frΓαλλία18.7 (1232 /65.822m)
20 bgΒουλγαρία18.3 (139 /7.577m)
The number of performances per million citizens. In brackets, the total number of performances and the population in millions.
The size of Austria's lead is quite remarkable.  Interestingly, Austria would have led this table (and Vienna that of the cities) even before the Theater an der Wien was added as the city's fourth opera house in January 2006.

ΠόλειςTop
1at (#1)Wien  616  (2.00m)
2de (#1)Berlin  504  (3.44m)
3uk (#1)London  497  (8.28m)
4ru (#1)Moscow  430  (10.56m)
5de (#2)Hamburg  360  (1.77m)
6us (#1)New York  359  (18.22m)
7fr (#1)Paris  342  (10.20m)
8cz (#1)Praha  334  (1.25m)
9de (#3)Dresden  309  (0.78m)
10de (#4)München  295  (2.61m)
11hu (#1)Budapest  262  (2.52m)
12ch (#1)Zurich  259  (0.37m)
13se (#1)Stockholm  220  (1.25m)
14de (#5)Frankfurt  211  (2.29m)
15es (#1)Madrid  195  (3.26m)
16de (#6)Stuttgart  175  (1.80m)
17de (#7)Köln  171  (1.00m)
18dk (#1)København  162  (1.18m)
19pl (#1)Wroclaw  160  (0.63m)
20de (#8)Leipzig  158  (1.00m)
The number of performances in each city, in the 2009/10 season. The figure given in brackets is the urban population in millions.
Measured by the number of opera performances in the 2009/10 season, the most operatic cities were Wien (with 617 performances), Berlin, London, Moscow, and Hamburg (in position 5), followed by New York, Paris and Prague.

Of the top 100 most operatic cities,

  • no fewer than 47(!) are in Germany
  • 7 in Austria
  • 5 each in Switzerland and in Poland
  • 4 in Italy
  • 3 in the US, in the Czech Republic and in Russia
  • 2 in France, in Spain, in the UK and in Australia

ΣυνθέτεςTop
1it (#1)Verdi2211 (28 Όπερες)
2at (#1)Mozart2101 (24 Όπερες)
3it (#2)Puccini1740 (12 Όπερες)
4de (#1)Wagner,R922 (14 Όπερες)
5it (#3)Rossini770 (39 Όπερες)
6it (#4)Donizetti719 (31 Όπερες)
7de (#2)Strauss,R512 (15 Όπερες)
8fr (#1)Bizet487 (7 Όπερες)
9uk (#1)Handel467 (56 Όπερες)
10fr (#2)Offenbach365 (34 Όπερες)
11ru (#1)Tchaikovsky323 (7 Όπερες)
12at (#2)Strauss,J322 (10 Όπερες)
13uk (#2)Britten289 (19 Όπερες)
14hu (#1)Lehár252 (10 Όπερες)
15de (#3)Humperdinck221 (3 Όπερες)
16it (#5)Bellini219 (8 Όπερες)
17fr (#3)Gounod199 (7 Όπερες)
18cz (#1)Janáček199 (10 Όπερες)
19fr (#4)Massenet190 (14 Όπερες)
20it (#6)Leoncavallo171 (7 Όπερες)
21it (#7)Mascagni153 (8 Όπερες)
22it (#8)Monteverdi150 (9 Όπερες)
23de (#4)Gluck148 (14 Όπερες)
24hu (#2)Kálmán137 (6 Όπερες)
25de (#5)Weill123 (18 Όπερες)
26uk (#3)Purcell122 (5 Όπερες)
27de (#6)Beethoven114 (2 Όπερες)
28de (#7)Weber108 (5 Όπερες)
Composer and opera tables are based on counts of performance runs over the five seasons from 2005/06 to 2009/10, ie how many times a work was programmed not the number of performances.
Works from 1005 different composers were played over these five seasons.

After the first three (Verdi, Mozart, Puccini), who dominate the listings, there's a gap to the next three (Wagner, Rossini, Donizetti).

Good news for Benjamin Britten: at position 13, he is the highest ranked composer born in the 20th century even before the celebrations of the centenary of his birth in 2013.

Ζωντανά συνθέτεςTop
1us (#1)Glass41 (12 Όπερες)
2us (#2)Adams26 (5 Όπερες)
3us (#3)Heggie24 (6 Όπερες)
4uk (#1)Davies,PM21 (7 Όπερες)
5hu (#1)Eötvös21 (7 Όπερες)
6fr (#1)Dusapin21 (5 Όπερες)
7us (#4)Floyd19 (4 Όπερες)
8de (#1)Rihm19 (7 Όπερες)
9de (#2)Streul16 (2 Όπερες)
10uk (#2)Dove16 (8 Όπερες)
11uk (#3)Birtwistle15 (7 Όπερες)
12fi (#1)Saariaho15 (4 Όπερες)
13de (#3)Glanert15 (9 Όπερες)
14it (#1)Sciarrino14 (6 Όπερες)
15it (#2)Battistelli12 (8 Όπερες)
16be (#1)Boesmans11 (3 Όπερες)
17uk (#4)Nyman11 (3 Όπερες)
18cn (#1)Tan11 (4 Όπερες)
19uk (#5)Benjamin11 (1 Όπερες)
20ar (#1)Golijov11 (1 Όπερες)
21us (#5)Adamo11 (2 Όπερες)
22uk (#6)Adès11 (2 Όπερες)
23us (#6)Previn(2 Όπερες)
24de (#4)Reimann(5 Όπερες)
25fi (#2)Sallinen(4 Όπερες)
26de (#5)Zimmermann,U(1 Όπερες)
27uk (#7)Weir(4 Όπερες)
28de (#6)Jost(6 Όπερες)
29us (#7)Johnson(3 Όπερες)
30us (#8)Pape(3 Όπερες)
31us (#9)Balada(3 Όπερες)
32gr (#1)Aperghis(5 Όπερες)
33il (#1)Czernowin(2 Όπερες)
34lv (#1)Lūsēns(2 Όπερες)
35uk (#8)Portman(1 Όπερες)
36es (#1)Sánchez-Verdú(3 Όπερες)
37nl (#1)van der Aa(2 Όπερες)
38pl (#1)Penderecki(3 Όπερες)
39de (#7)Goebbels(2 Όπερες)
40at (#1)Haas,Georg(2 Όπερες)
41us (#10)Picker(4 Όπερες)
42ch (#1)Jarrell(3 Όπερες)
43es (#2)Palomar(2 Όπερες)
44de (#8)Eggert(5 Όπερες)
45uk (#9)Rushton(4 Όπερες)
46us (#11)Ward,R(1 Όπερες)
47us (#12)Rorem(3 Όπερες)
48cz (#1)Suchý(1 Όπερες)
49de (#9)Matthus(1 Όπερες)
50se (#1)Börtz(3 Όπερες)
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 1000+ composers programmed over the last five seasons, over 500 are alive
 
ΌπερεςTop
1at (#1)Mozart (#1)Die Zauberflöte (451)
2it (#1)Verdi (#1)La traviata (448)
3fr (#1)Bizet (#1)Carmen (426)
4it (#2)Puccini (#1)La bohème (423)
5at (#2)Mozart (#2)Le nozze di Figaro (400)
6it (#3)Puccini (#2)Tosca (379)
7at (#3)Mozart (#3)Don Giovanni (361)
8it (#4)Puccini (#3)Madama Butterfly (353)
9it (#5)Rossini (#1)Il barbiere di Siviglia (327)
10it (#6)Verdi (#2)Rigoletto (316)
11at (#4)Mozart (#4)Così fan tutte (282)
12it (#7)Donizetti (#1)L'elisir d'amore (218)
13it (#8)Verdi (#3)Aida (217)
14de (#1)Humperdinck (#1)Hänsel und Gretel (212)
15it (#9)Puccini (#4)Turandot (207)
16at (#5)Strauss,J (#1)Die Fledermaus (200)
17it (#10)Verdi (#4)Nabucco (183)
18ru (#1)Tchaikovsky (#1)Eugene Onegin (175)
19it (#11)Donizetti (#2)Lucia di Lammermoor (171)
20it (#12)Leoncavallo (#1)Pagliacci (160)
21at (#6)Mozart (#5)Die Entführung (157)
22hu (#1)Lehár (#1)Die lustige Witwe (150)
23it (#13)Verdi (#5)Il trovatore (149)
24it (#14)Verdi (#6)Falstaff (144)
25it (#15)Verdi (#7)Un ballo in maschera (137)
26de (#2)Wagner,R (#1)Der fliegende Holländer (137)
27it (#16)Mascagni (#1)Cavalleria rusticana (131)
28it (#17)Verdi (#8)Otello (129)
29it (#18)Rossini (#2)La cenerentola (125)
30fr (#2)Offenbach (#1)Les contes d'Hoffmann (123)
31it (#19)Verdi (#9)Macbeth (123)
32de (#3)Strauss,R (#1)Salome (121)
33de (#4)Wagner,R (#2)Das Rheingold (115)
34de (#5)Wagner,R (#3)Die Walküre (112)
35de (#6)Beethoven (#1)Fidelio (112)
36fr (#3)Gounod (#1)Faust (111)
37de (#7)Strauss,R (#2)Der Rosenkavalier (104)
38it (#20)Bellini (#1)Norma (103)
39de (#8)Wagner,R (#4)Tristan und Isolde (101)
40it (#21)Puccini (#5)Manon Lescaut (99)
41it (#22)Verdi (#10)Don Carlos (99)
42it (#23)Donizetti (#3)Don Pasquale (99)
43it (#24)Puccini (#6)Gianni Schicchi (97)
44de (#9)Weber (#1)Der Freischütz (97)
45at (#7)Mozart (#6)Idomeneo re di Creta (96)
46de (#10)Strauss,R (#3)Ariadne auf Naxos (93)
47de (#11)Gluck (#1)Orfeo ed Euridice (90)
48ru (#2)Tchaikovsky (#2)Pikovaya Dama (89)
49de (#12)Strauss,R (#4)Elektra (87)
50de (#13)Wagner,R (#5)Siegfried (86)
Over the 5 seasons, 2005/06 to 2009/10, there were more than 100,000 performances of 2156 different works, of which over 300 (one in seven) were world premieres.

There are few surprises at the top end of the list: Die Zauberflöte just beats La traviata to be the most frequently programmed opera, followed by Carmen, Bohème and Le nozze di Figaro.

Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth (#73) pips Britten's Turn of the Screw (#81) to be 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 (#158), and the opera Dead Man Walking from Jake Heggie (#196).

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