Opera’s Top Ten: Opera Characters Best Suited for Halloween


Picture: Raffaele Arié in Gounod’s Faust

Pirates, hunchbacks, clowns, bird-men, demons and witches! It’s not too hard to find a good opera character worthy of a quick slather of stage makeup and an in-costume strut around your favorite beast infested party on October 31st.

In 2010, you created our Top Ten list! However, many things have changed as operas have been added to the standard repertory and new hot operas are popping up all over. Are there any characters missing from the Top Ten below?

Opera's Top Ten10. Madame Flora (Baba) in The Medium

9. Billy Budd

8. Mephistopheles in Faust and La Damnation du Faust

7. Papageno in Die Zauberflote

6. Carmen

5. Azucena in Il Trovatore

4. Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera

3. Il Commendatore (The Statue) in Don Giovanni

2. Lucia di Lammermoor

1. The Witch in Hansel and Gretel


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