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1. Brokeback Mountain (2014 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama, Musical

3.3
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A tragic and secretive romance ensues over many years after two men meet while herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain in this opera based on Annie Proulx's short story and its subsequent Oscar-winning film adaptation.

Director: Jérémie Cuvillier | Stars: Daniel Okulitch, Tom Randle, Heather Buck, Heather Esther Minutillo

Votes: 34

2. The Perfect American (2013 TV Movie)

114 min | Drama, History, Musical

8.0
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Director: János Darvas | Stars: Coro y Orquesta Titulares del Teatro Real, Coro Intermezzo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Dennis Russell Davies

Votes: 12

3. The Turn of the Screw (1959 TV Movie)

50 min | Musical

4.8
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Opera version of the story.

Director: Peter Morley | Stars: Jennifer Vyvyan, Raymond Nilsson, Arda Mandikian, Judith Pierce

Votes: 5

4. Hercules (2005 TV Movie)

Unrated | 190 min | Drama, Musical

5.9
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As the first collaboration ever between conductor William Christie and director Luc Bondy, this production of Hercules was the major event of the 2004 opera season. Originally Created in ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Batallion | Stars: Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Ingela Bohlin, Joyce DiDonato

Votes: 50

5. Billy Budd (1966 TV Movie)

158 min | Drama, Music

8.5
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A version of Benjamin Britten's opera based on the Melville story. Will the virtuous young sailor Billy Budd be hanged for murder?

Director: Basil Coleman | Stars: Peter Pears, Peter Glossop, Michael Langdon, John Shirley-Quirk

Votes: 6

6. The Fairy Queen (2009 TV Movie)

210 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

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Director: François Roussillon | Stars: William Christie, Miriam Allan, Lucy Crowe, Claire Debono

7. The Minotaur (2008 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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An opera based on the story of Asterios, half-human half-bull half-brother of Ariadne, and the quest of Theseus to kill him and end the blood debt between Athens and Crete.

Director: Jonathan Haswell | Stars: Christine Rice, Rebecca Bottone, Pumeza Matshikiza, Wendy Dawn Thompson

8. Pinocchio (2009 Video)

156 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

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Director: Thomas Grimm | Stars: David Parry, Victoria Simmons, Jonathan Summers, Mary Plazas

9. King Arthur (Le Roi Arthur) (2009 TV Movie)

112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

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Director: Olivier Simonnet | Stars: Ana Maria Labin, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Mélodie Ruvio, Mathias Vidal

10. Dido and Aeneas - Didon et Énée (2009 TV Movie)

66 min | Drama, Musical

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Director: François Roussillon | Stars: William Christie, Malena Ernman, Christopher Maltman, Judith van Wanroij

11. Glyndebourne: Hamlet (2017)

163 min

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Brett Dean's multi-award-winning opera received its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival 2017.

Director: François Roussillon | Stars: Vladimir Jurowski, Allan Clayton, Rodney Gilfry, David Butt Philip

12. The Turn of the Screw: Britten (1991 TV Movie)

113 min | Horror, Music

8.5
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Director: Greg Shears | Stars: Eilene Hannan, Margaret Haggart, Anson Austin, Wendy Dixon

Votes: 10

13. Music on 2 (1965–1973)
Episode: Dido and Aeneas (1965)

Music

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Stars: Janet Baker, Thomas Hemsley, Elizabeth Robson, Yvonne Minton

14. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: John Adams: Nixon in China (2011)

188 min | Musical

8.2
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US President Richard Nixon, wife Pat, and Henry Kissinger travel to China to visit Chairman and Madame Mao in 1972, normalizing relations between the countries for the first time in 25 years. Both sides wonder if this for the better.

Director: Peter Sellars | Stars: James Maddalena, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Kathleen Kim

Votes: 23

15. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Little Women (2001)

TV-G | 115 min | Music

7.5
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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Stephanie Novacek, Chad Shelton, Margaret Lloyd, Stacey Tappan

Votes: 16

16. NET Opera Theater (1967– )
Episode: Owen Wingrave (1971)

Music, Musical

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Directors: Colin Graham, Brian Large | Stars: Benjamin Luxon, John Shirley-Quirk, Nigel Douglas, Sylvia Fisher

17. NET Opera Theater (1967– )
Episode: Peter Grimes (1969)

142 min | Music, Musical

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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Peter Pears, Heather Harper, Bryan Drake, Elizabeth Bainbridge

18. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Aspern Papers (1989)

TV-G | Music

8.9
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An opera based on Henry James's famous story about an adventurer in Venice trying to get hold of the secret letters of a famous, long-dead poet.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Elisabeth Söderström, Frederica von Stade, Katherine Ciesinski, Neil Rosenshein

Votes: 7



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