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Cities with the Most Opera Performances

Name the cities that had the most opera performances in the 2015/16 season.
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First submittedJanuary 20, 2015
Last updatedNovember 26, 2017
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City
582
Moscow
535
Vienna
527
Berlin
427
London
422
St. Petersburg
400
Budapest
357
Prague
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City
297
Hamburg
284
New York
261
Dresden
245
Paris
224
Munich
205
Stockholm
201
Zürich
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City
193
Frankfurt
165
Stuttgart
161
Sydney
154
Copenhagen
149
Hanover
148
Madrid
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level 61
Nov 26, 2017
Not one Italian city?
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level 76
Nov 26, 2017
I was surprised about that too, the first opera house I thought of was La Scala in Milan.
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level 74
Nov 26, 2017
IKR? I thought Italian opera singers were practically a cliche.
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level 61
Nov 26, 2017
Extraordinary, given that Italy was the birthplace of opera. According to the source, four Italian cities are in the top 50; they come in at #22 (Venice), #30 (Rome), #36 (Milan) and #41 (Florence).
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level 81
Nov 26, 2017
It just means the performances are less concentrated in one place. Apart from Germany, even the US only has one city in the top and it's a huge country. Besides, you can get from Rome to Florence in a train in under 90 minutes, so you can go see opera at either one.
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level 58
Nov 26, 2017
In Italy every middle-size town has its own opera theatre. Italy ranks 4th in the general classification, with 1393 opera performances last year, but in Venice — the 1st ranking Italian city — there have been only 139 performances.
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level 68
Dec 2, 2017
Well, the source gives also a per capita statistic, putting Italy on 17th place.
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level 69
Nov 27, 2017
Yeah, I must've tried 5 Italian cities before trying anything else. Pretty surprising to be honest, although the explanations people have posted here explain things pretty well.
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level 73
Nov 26, 2017
NYC doesn't work.
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level ∞
Nov 26, 2017
Fixed
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level 53
Dec 20, 2017
Great quiz! I am quite amazed that 9 out of 20 are in the german speaking world and that there is not a single italian city
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level 42
Jun 14, 2019
In Germany, theatres, opera houses and orchestras are subsidised, which means that there is a theatre in every town of a certain size. More money means more performances. Italy is the birthplace of opera, but the state doesn't care much about culture. This is also why major Italian corporations sponsor some of the country's heritage sites, like the Colosseum.
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level 68
Feb 23, 2018
Wow, I somehow got them all on the first try.
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level 56
Feb 23, 2018
Great quiz!
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level 69
Feb 23, 2018
Thanks!
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level 71
Feb 23, 2018
Interesting quiz, and the source website is fascinating.
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level 78
Feb 23, 2018
North-central Europe sure does love their opera. Also, I can't believe I forgot about the world's most famous opera house.
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level 78
Feb 23, 2018
Milan isn't on the list:)
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level 78
Feb 23, 2018
The Teutons love them some opera.
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
Ahhhh...I went to one of those 245 Paris performances. It's supposed to be one of the greatest opera houses in the world (to be fair, the location was beautiful)...it turns out that 'King Lear' actually meant a German 'interpretation' of King Lear. There was a naked fellow on stage at one point. We left after the first act and it looked like most of the audience did as well. I just don't even know anymore.
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level 53
Feb 26, 2018
Oh no - if you didn't like that one performance, the Paris Opera couldn't possibly be one of the best in the world! And everybody knows naked bodies have no place in the arts - we should all be ashamed of them (somebody should have told Michelangelo as well). Also: Yes, the opera "Lear" is a german opera based on William Shakespeare's King Lear - could have easily googled that before buying tickets.
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level 73
Jul 10, 2019
Aesthus, I'm with you. And cerealkiller needs a hug.
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level 45
Feb 24, 2018
Wow...7 German cities
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level 62
Feb 24, 2018
Wow, almost two opera performances in Moscow every day!
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