Opera statistics 2013/14 
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Statistics : 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2009/10

Key figures at-a-glance:

  • Operabase
    420.000 performances on file since 1996;
    Seasons of 900+ opera companies, around 25,000 performances each year

  • The five seasons 2009/10 to 2013/14
    Works from 1249 different composers were played, of whom more than half (670) are living
    A total of 2565 different works were given, including 300 world premieres over the 5 seasons

  • The 2013/14 season
    Over 26000 performances
    The most operatic countries: Germany (7565 performances)
    Cities with the most opera: Berlin (581 performances)
CountriesTop
Total number of performances by country, for the 2013/14 season.
In brackets, the national populations in millions. The one big change compared with our previous years' statistics is the rise of Russia, which is due to better collection rather than an actual increase in the number of performances.

Germany easily maintains its dominant position, but Russia overtakes the USA to move into second place.
deGermany  7565 (81.758m)
ruRussia  1920 (141.927m)
usUnited States  1811 (308.746m)
itItaly  1268 (60.419m)
frFrance  1266 (65.822m)
atAustria  1252 (8.356m)
ukUnited Kingdom  1127 (62.042m)
czCzech Republic  934 (10.675m)
chSwitzerland  747 (7.786m)
10 esSpain  654 (46.030m)
11 plPoland  645 (38.192m)
12 huHungary  614 (9.942m)
13 uaUkraine  522 (44.854m)
14 seSweden  369 (9.354m)
15 bgBulgaria  323 (7.577m)
16 roRomania  302 (21.959m)
17 auAustralia  268 (22.560m)
18 skSlovakia  267 (5.430m)
19 dkDenmark  250 (5.558m)
20 beBelgium  246 (10.828m)
Countries, per capitaTop
The number of performances per million citizens.
In brackets, the total number of performances and the population in millions.
atAustria149.8 (1252 /8.356m)
eeEstonia97.8 (131 /1.340m)
chSwitzerland95.9 (747 /7.786m)
deGermany92.5 (7565 /81.758m)
czCzech Republic87.5 (934 /10.675m)
huHungary61.8 (614 /9.942m)
siSlovenia60.5 (124 /2.049m)
ltLithuania53.3 (173 /3.244m)
skSlovakia49.2 (267 /5.430m)
10 dkDenmark45.0 (250 /5.558m)
11 bgBulgaria42.6 (323 /7.577m)
12 luLuxembourg41.8 (21 /0.502m)
13 lvLatvia40.1 (89 /2.218m)
14 seSweden39.4 (369 /9.354m)
15 noNorway36.0 (178 /4.938m)
16 hrCroatia35.9 (161 /4.486m)
17 fiFinland30.5 (164 /5.375m)
18 beBelgium22.7 (246 /10.828m)
19 itItaly21.0 (1268 /60.419m)
20 frFrance19.2 (1266 /65.822m)
CitiesTop
The number of performances in each city, in the 2013/14 season.
The figure given in brackets is the urban population in millions. The most operatic city in 2013/14 is Berlin (top also in 2011/12), overtaking Wien (top in 2009/10 and 2012/13. Moscow is third.

1de (#1)Berlin  581  (3.44m)
2at (#1)Wien  556  (2.00m)
3ru (#1)Moscow  539  (10.56m)
4uk (#1)London  511  (8.28m)
5ru (#2)St Petersburg  501  (4.88m)
6hu (#1)Budapest  360  (2.52m)
7fr (#1)Paris  352  (10.20m)
8cz (#1)Praha  350  (1.25m)
9us (#1)New York  337  (18.22m)
10de (#2)Hamburg  302  (1.77m)
11de (#3)Dresden  287  (0.78m)
12de (#4)München  287  (2.61m)
13es (#1)Madrid  263  (3.26m)
14ch (#1)Zurich  200  (0.37m)
15se (#1)Stockholm  188  (1.25m)
16de (#5)Frankfurt  186  (2.29m)
17de (#6)Stuttgart  160  (1.80m)
18de (#7)Hannover  156  (0.53m)
19pl (#1)Wroclaw  156  (0.63m)
20sk (#1)Bratislava  151  (0.59m)

ComposersTop
Composers ranked by the number of performances of their operas over the five seasons 2009/10 to 2013/14
11it (#1)Verdi 15019(3335)
22at (#1)Mozart 11617(2402)
33it (#2)Puccini 10808(2328)
44it (#3)Rossini 4842(1086)
55de (#1)Wagner,R 4461(1175)
66it (#4)Donizetti 4329(1056)
77fr (#1)Bizet 3477(750)
88at (#2)Strauss,J 2961(458)
99de (#2)Strauss,R 2445(520)
1010ru (#1)Tchaikovsky,P 2278(517)
1111fr (#2)Offenbach 2120(437)
1212uk (#1)Handel 2100(570)
1313hu (#1)Lehar 1883(307)
1414uk (#2)Britten 1621(419)
1515hu (#2)Kalman,E 1541(261)
1616de (#3)Humperdinck 1487(289)
1717cz (#1)Janacek 1099(265)
1818it (#5)Bellini 1061(267)
1919fr (#3)Massenet 1020(226)
2020fr (#4)Gounod 975(223)
2121it (#6)Leoncavallo 928(233)
2222cz (#2)Dvorak,A 804(139)
2323de (#4)Gluck 797(169)
2424it (#7)Mascagni 709(189)
2525de (#5)Weill 689(152)
2626de (#6)Weber 628(95)
2727de (#7)Beethoven 565(144)
2828uk (#3)Purcell 550(150)
2929fr (#5)Poulenc 545(155)
3030ru (#2)Rimsky-Korsakov 512(147)
3131cz (#3)Smetana 511(94)
3232it (#8)Monteverdi 508(142)
3333ru (#3)Stravinsky 493(118)
3434at (#3)Benatzky 489(65)
3535ru (#4)Prokofiev 477(99)
3636ru (#5)Musorgsky 464(120)
3737at (#4)Berg 408(88)
3838de (#8)Lortzing 391(72)
3939us (#1)Glass [*]335(79)
4040fr (#6)Berlioz 328(85)
4141de (#9)Orff 307(79)
41=42ru (#6)Shostakovich 307(67)

Composers: 42 (Productions: 19572, Performances: 88889)
[*] : Living composers (1)
Living composersTop
Living composers ranked by the number of performances of their operas over the five seasons 2009/10 to 2013/14
391us (#1)Glass [*]335(79)
69=2uk (#1)Dove [*]143(28)
73=3us (#2)Heggie [*]125(29)
794us (#3)Adams [*]113(28)
805de (#1)Lund [*]110(25)
826uk (#2)Davies,PM [*]103(30)
87=7at (#1)Naske [*][f]96(9)
938de (#2)Rihm [*]94(22)
93=9de (#3)Glanert [*]94(19)
10410us (#4)Waits [*]84(9)
10511de (#4)Lange [*]83(10)
10612it (#1)Sciarrino [*]82(22)
106=13de (#5)Vollmer [*]82(9)
11114hu (#1)Eotvos [*]80(22)
114=15de (#6)Schwemmer [*]77(11)
122=16de (#7)Reimann [*]69(13)
12517us (#5)Floyd [*]65(14)
125=18de (#8)Tarkmann [*]65(7)
12719uk (#3)Birtwistle [*]64(16)
127=20uk (#4)Ades [*]64(12)
127=21de (#9)Jost [*]64(11)
140=22pl (#1)Penderecki [*]55(13)
146=23de (#10)Hiller,W [*]53(10)
15024fr (#1)Wagner,Reinhardt [*]52(2)
15125uk (#5)Benjamin,G [*]51(15)
151=26it (#2)Valtinoni [*]51(6)
15427at (#2)Mitterer [*]50(9)
154=28ru (#1)Banevich [*]50(6)
158=29gr (#1)Aperghis [*]47(7)
16130de (#11)Zimmermann,U [*]46(11)
16231uk (#6)Turnage [*]45(12)
162=32fi (#1)Saariaho [*][f]45(10)
166=33de (#12)Goebbels [*]44(9)
16834us (#6)Picker [*]43(17)
17135jp (#1)Hosokawa [*]42(13)
17236uk (#7)Knussen [*]41(12)
178=37cz (#1)Brezina [*]39(7)
18238fr (#2)Dusapin [*]38(19)
182=39at (#3)Baumgartner [*]38(7)
182=40at (#4)Kolonovits [*]38(5)

Composers: 40 (Productions: 615, Performances: 2960)
[f] : Female composers (2)

OperasTop
11it (#1)Verdi (#1) La traviata 3561(749)
22at (#1)Mozart (#1) Die Zauberflote 3354(570)
33fr (#1)Bizet (#1) Carmen 3151(668)
44it (#2)Puccini (#1) La boheme 2921(599)
55it (#3)Puccini (#2) Tosca 2501(540)
66at (#2)Mozart (#2) Le nozze di Figaro 2454(527)
77it (#4)Puccini (#3) Madama Butterfly 2413(533)
88it (#5)Rossini (#1) Il barbiere di Siviglia 2366(514)
99at (#3)Mozart (#3) Don Giovanni 2259(432)
1010at (#4)Strauss,J (#1) Die Fledermaus 2227(337)
1111it (#6)Verdi (#2) Rigoletto 2208(487)
1212it (#7)Verdi (#3) Aida 1540(326)
1313it (#8)Donizetti (#1) L'elisir d'amore 1529(334)
1414at (#5)Mozart (#4) Cosi fan tutte 1488(350)
1515de (#1)Humperdinck (#1) Hansel und Gretel [c]1470(286)
1616ru (#1)Tchaikovsky,P (#1) Eugene Onegin 1409(304)
1717it (#9)Verdi (#4) Nabucco 1183(283)
1818it (#10)Puccini (#4) Turandot 1124(225)
1919hu (#1)Lehar (#1) Die lustige Witwe 1113(186)
2020hu (#2)Kalman,E (#1) Die Csardasfurstin 946(152)
2121it (#11)Verdi (#5) Il trovatore 932(250)
2222it (#12)Donizetti (#2) Lucia di Lammermoor 922(219)
2323it (#13)Leoncavallo (#1) Pagliacci 909(228)
2424it (#14)Verdi (#6) Otello 864(193)
2525it (#15)Verdi (#7) Un ballo in maschera 841(184)
 ┃ ┃Number of performance runs ("productions")
 ┃ ┃Composer WorkNumber of performances
 ┃ ┗ National ranking
 ┃ Ranking in this filtered list
 ┗ Global ranking across all works

Operas: 25 (Productions: 9476, Performances: 45685)
[c] : Works for children/youths (1)

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