Since our first set of statistics, Berlin has lost the Berliner Kammeroper, and Wien has lost the Wiener Kammeroper and the Musik Theater Schönbrunn. As the Wien companies were significant ones in terms of numbers of performances, Berlin overtakes Wien to be the city with most opera.
Of the top 100 most operatic cities,
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.
Compared with our statistics from 2009/10, the order of the composers remains pretty 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 big increases for composers with approaching centenaries: Verdi 3020 performances (up from 2259 in 2009/10), Wagner (1292 up from 920).
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 — not bad for an art-form that is sometimes thoughtlessly described as ready for the museum.
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 second in the 2009 stats 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 five works by living composers in the top 200 most frequently programmed works: Grigory Frid's monodrama The Diary of Anne Frank (#129), Weill's opera-ballet Die sieben Todsünden (#153), the opera Dead Man Walking from Jake Heggie (#174), Il prigionero from Luigi Dallapiccola (#182), and the children's opera El gato con botas from Xavier Montsalvatge (#193).