Statistika 2009/10 
*Sit Pubbliku     >Operabase Professional 

Statistika : 2012/13 2009/10

Key figures at-a-glance:

  • Operabase
    355.000 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: Ġermanja (7266 performances)
    Cities with the most opera: Wien (616 performances)
PajjiżiTop
deĠermanja  7266 (81.758m)
usStati Uniti tal-Amerika  1877 (308.746m)
atAwstrija  1337 (8.356m)
frFranza  1232 (65.822m)
itItalja  1204 (60.419m)
ukRenju Unit  1127 (62.042m)
chŻvizzera  782 (7.786m)
ruRussja  674 (141.927m)
plPolonja  652 (38.192m)
10 esSpanja  640 (46.030m)
11 czRepubblika Ċeka  563 (10.675m)
12 seŻvezja  433 (9.354m)
13 huUngerija  377 (9.942m)
14 auAwstralja  333 (22.560m)
15 beBelġju  282 (10.828m)
16 nlOlanda  253 (16.648m)
17 caKanada  218 (34.352m)
18 dkDanimarka  217 (5.558m)
19 skSlovakkja  210 (5.430m)
20 fiFinlandja  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.
Pajjiżi, kull rasTop
mxMessiku0.0 (4 /115.297m)
atAwstrija160.0 (1337 /8.356m)
chŻvizzera100.4 (782 /7.786m)
eeEstonja98.5 (132 /1.340m)
deĠermanja88.9 (7266 /81.758m)
czRepubblika Ċeka52.7 (563 /10.675m)
seŻvezja46.3 (433 /9.354m)
dkDanimarka39.0 (217 /5.558m)
skSlovakkja38.7 (210 /5.430m)
10 siSlovenja38.1 (78 /2.049m)
11 huUngerija37.9 (377 /9.942m)
12 lvLatvja37.9 (84 /2.218m)
13 fiFinlandja32.7 (176 /5.375m)
14 noNorveġja29.0 (143 /4.938m)
15 beBelġju26.0 (282 /10.828m)
16 luLussemburgu23.9 (12 /0.502m)
17 ltLitwanja20.0 (65 /3.244m)
18 itItalja19.9 (1204 /60.419m)
19 frFranza18.7 (1232 /65.822m)
20 bgBulgarija18.3 (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.

BlietTop
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

KompożituriTop
1it (#1)Verdi2211 (28 Opri)
2at (#1)Mozart2101 (24 Opri)
3it (#2)Puccini1740 (12 Opri)
4de (#1)Wagner,R922 (14 Opri)
5it (#3)Rossini770 (39 Opri)
6it (#4)Donizetti719 (31 Opri)
7de (#2)Strauss,R512 (15 Opri)
8fr (#1)Bizet487 (7 Opri)
9uk (#1)Handel467 (56 Opri)
10fr (#2)Offenbach365 (34 Opri)
11ru (#1)Tchaikovsky323 (7 Opri)
12at (#2)Strauss,J322 (10 Opri)
13uk (#2)Britten289 (19 Opri)
14hu (#1)Lehár252 (10 Opri)
15de (#3)Humperdinck221 (3 Opri)
16it (#5)Bellini219 (8 Opri)
17fr (#3)Gounod199 (7 Opri)
18cz (#1)Janáček199 (10 Opri)
19fr (#4)Massenet190 (14 Opri)
20it (#6)Leoncavallo171 (7 Opri)
21it (#7)Mascagni153 (8 Opri)
22it (#8)Monteverdi150 (9 Opri)
23de (#4)Gluck148 (14 Opri)
24hu (#2)Kálmán137 (6 Opri)
25de (#5)Weill123 (18 Opri)
26uk (#3)Purcell122 (5 Opri)
27de (#6)Beethoven114 (2 Opri)
28de (#7)Weber108 (5 Opri)
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.

Kompożituri ħajjinTop
1us (#1)Glass41 (12 Opri)
2us (#2)Adams26 (5 Opri)
3us (#3)Heggie24 (6 Opri)
4uk (#1)Davies,PM21 (7 Opri)
5hu (#1)Eötvös21 (7 Opri)
6fr (#1)Dusapin21 (5 Opri)
7us (#4)Floyd19 (4 Opri)
8de (#1)Rihm19 (7 Opri)
9de (#2)Streul16 (2 Opri)
10uk (#2)Dove16 (8 Opri)
11uk (#3)Birtwistle15 (7 Opri)
12fi (#1)Saariaho15 (4 Opri)
13de (#3)Glanert15 (9 Opri)
14it (#1)Sciarrino14 (6 Opri)
15it (#2)Battistelli12 (8 Opri)
16be (#1)Boesmans11 (3 Opri)
17uk (#4)Nyman11 (3 Opri)
18cn (#1)Tan11 (4 Opri)
19uk (#5)Benjamin11 (1 Opri)
20ar (#1)Golijov11 (1 Opri)
21us (#5)Adamo11 (2 Opri)
22uk (#6)Adès11 (2 Opri)
23us (#6)Previn(2 Opri)
24de (#4)Reimann(5 Opri)
25fi (#2)Sallinen(4 Opri)
26de (#5)Zimmermann,U(1 Opri)
27uk (#7)Weir(4 Opri)
28de (#6)Jost(6 Opri)
29us (#7)Johnson(3 Opri)
30us (#8)Pape(3 Opri)
31us (#9)Balada(3 Opri)
32gr (#1)Aperghis(5 Opri)
33il (#1)Czernowin(2 Opri)
34lv (#1)Lūsēns(2 Opri)
35uk (#8)Portman(1 Opri)
36es (#1)Sánchez-Verdú(3 Opri)
37nl (#1)van der Aa(2 Opri)
38pl (#1)Penderecki(3 Opri)
39de (#7)Goebbels(2 Opri)
40at (#1)Haas,Georg(2 Opri)
41us (#10)Picker(4 Opri)
42ch (#1)Jarrell(3 Opri)
43es (#2)Palomar(2 Opri)
44de (#8)Eggert(5 Opri)
45uk (#9)Rushton(4 Opri)
46us (#11)Ward,R(1 Opri)
47us (#12)Rorem(3 Opri)
48cz (#1)Suchý(1 Opri)
49de (#9)Matthus(1 Opri)
50se (#1)Börtz(3 Opri)
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
 
OpriTop
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