My favourite English Operas and Operas in English

A Listmania! list by MW (UK)
 
Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
1.  Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie by Véronique Gens
The list author says:
  "This is undoubtedly the best recording of this remarkable opera available.  You'll want John Blow's beautiful "Venus and Adonis" as well (B00008LJF1)."
£27.87   Used & New from: £6.12
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Handel: Julius Caesar
2.  Handel: Julius Caesar by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "Handel's greatest opera, "Julius Caesar in Egypt", sung in English.  One may regret the hooting and bleating presence of the talentless James Bowman, but the rest of the cast are marvellous."
£27.06   Used & New from: £17.41
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Handel: Semele
3.  Handel: Semele by Norma Burrowes
The list author says:
  "Try "Saul" as well (B000A169OA)."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Handel - Hercules
4.  Handel - Hercules by Anne Sofie von Otter
The list author says:
  "An astounding recording and drama in all respects.  Try "Belshazzar" also (B000000S8D)."
£29.18   Used & New from: £9.73
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe
5.  Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe by John Frederick Lampe
The list author says:
  "A mock opera.  You may also be interested in Pepusch's "Beggar's Opera" (B000002ZR9), Dibdin's "Ephesian Matron" (B000002ZRO), Bray's "Indian Princess" & Taylor's "Ethiop" (B0000030FC)."
£35.10   Used & New from: £15.31
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman
6.  Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman by Thomas Arne
The list author says:
  "Sensational.  Try "Alfred" too (B00002062H)."
£35.00   Used & New from: £5.27
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio
7.  Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Try "Women are like that" too (B00000C3Q0/B00009EJEY)."
£18.56   Used & New from: £11.92
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English
8.  Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "Wonderful."
£17.89   Used & New from: £10.00

Rossini - The Barber of Seville [Opera in English]
9.  Rossini - The Barber of Seville [Opera in English] by Bruce Ford
The list author says:
  "A marvellous recording.  Try Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" too (B00000K2FF)."
£21.75   Used & New from: £11.73
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Les Troyens
10.  Les Troyens by Les Troyens
£16.78   Used & New from: £5.83

Offenbach: Robinson Crusoe
11.  Offenbach: Robinson Crusoe by Jacques Offenbach
The list author says:
  "Offenbach in English!  You might also be interested in Sullivan's "Ivanhoe", an attempt at grand opera which I think is poor (B000000WWK)."
£44.17   Used & New from: £29.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Wagner: The Goodall Ring Cycle [ENGLISH LANGUAGE]
12.  Wagner: The Goodall Ring Cycle [ENGLISH LANGUAGE] by Reginald Goodall
The list author says:
  "Apparently the English libretto is an improvement on the German original."
£109.65   Used & New from: £80.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Puccini: Tosca, Opera in English
13.  Puccini: Tosca, Opera in English by Giacomo Puccini
£17.28   Used & New from: £5.96
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Elgar: Caractacus, Enigma Variations, two marches
14.  Elgar: Caractacus, Enigma Variations, two marches by Sir Edward Elgar
The list author says:
  "A wonderful dramatic cantata for chrous and soloists recounting a tale set in Britain during the Roman era.  Try Delius' "The Magic Fountain" (B000024MQ2) and Smyth's "The Wreckers" (B0000024E1) too."
£19.74   Used & New from: £6.86
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Holst: Savitri
15.  Holst: Savitri by Gustav Holst
The list author says:
  "Beautiful and unique.  You won't have heard anything like it before.  (And why are we are still awaiting recordings of "Sita" and "The Perfect Fool"?!)."
£6.80   Used & New from: £2.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Boughton: The Immortal Hour
16.  Boughton: The Immortal Hour by Rutland Boughton
The list author says:
  "SPELLBINDING!  My gran remembered it fondly.  There is now a recording of "The Queen of Cornwall" (B004923E9E), but still to come are "Alkestis" and the several operas of his Arthurian cycle."
£14.49   Used & New from: £8.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love
17.  Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The list author says:
  "A ravishing and buoyant score and great comedy!  Try Holst's chamber operas "The Wandering Scholar" & "At the Boar's Head" (B000025XN0) and VW's chamber opera "Riders the Sea" as well (B00000DOCY)."
£19.99   Used & New from: £11.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Olympians: Complete Opera
18.  Olympians: Complete Opera by Bliss
The list author says:
  "A new recoridng of this fabulous opera (its libretto supplied by J B Priestley) is long overdue."
Used & New from: £37.74

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Lennox Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement
19.  Lennox Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement by Anne Collins
The list author says:
  "Witty libretto and music to match!  Try Walton's "The Bear" (B000000ATW/B00004YU8J) and Steven's "The Shadow of the Glen" as well (B00005ABNH)."
£15.99   Used & New from: £2.99

Walton: Troilus and Cressida
20.  Walton: Troilus and Cressida by Sir William Walton
The list author says:
  "A wonderfully scored opera in Mediterranean/Romantic mould."
£20.71   Used & New from: £9.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Beatrice Cenci
21.  Beatrice Cenci by berthold Goldschmidt
The list author says:
  "(Also available as B000002AY2/B0000262JK).  Excellent recording, setting, soloists and a shocking and disturbing account of the Cencis.  Try Ward's "The Crucible" (B0000049L5) as well."
Used & New from: £24.99

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Floyd: Susannah
22.  Floyd: Susannah by Carlisle Floyd
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Weill:Street Scene
23.  Weill:Street Scene by Barstow
The list author says:
  "A great American opera.  Try Blitzstein's "Regina" (B00000E4YQ) and Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (B00000G3XH) too."
£32.95   Used & New from: £19.95

Alwyn: Miss Julie
24.  Alwyn: Miss Julie by William Alwyn
The list author says:
  "A superb adaptation of a Strindberg play.  Sadly no longer available."
£25.93   Used & New from: £6.99

Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
25.  Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges by Sergey Prokofiev
The list author says:
  "It's great to have recording sung in English - how about a DVD too?!  Try Dove's "Flight" as well (B0001XLVXG)."
£26.98   Used & New from: £6.79

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