Modern Era

1900 – Present

Modern opera explores contemporary themes using techniques drawn from twentieth-century musical narrative art forms. From electric instruments and atonality, to jazz and minimalism, this period has seen the definition of opera expand.


Wuthering Heights

Bernard Hermann – 1951


Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin – 1935



Alban Berg – 1925


Casanova’s Homecoming

Dominic Argento – 1985


Nixon in China

John Adams – 1987