Shakespeare’s themes and stories have inspired numerous operas over the years. Here’s our list of operas that have used Shakespeare as inspiration:

The Tempest

  • The Tempest by Felice Lattuada (1922)
  • The Knot Garden by Michael Tippett (1970)
  • Un Re In Ascolto by Luciano Berio’s [A Listening King] (1984)
  • The Tempest by John C Eaton (1985)
  • The Enchanted Isle by Thomas Shadwell (1674)

Romeo and Juliet

  • Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (1867)
  • A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius (1901)
  • West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (1957)
  • I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini (1830)
  • Giulietta e Romeo by Nicola Vaccai (1825)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten (1960)
  • The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell (1692).


  • Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi (1847)
  • Macbeth by Ernest Bloch (1910)


  • Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas (1868)


  • Otello by Giuseppe Verdi (1887)
  • Otello by Giulio Rossini (1816)

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz (1862)

Timon of Athens

  • Timon of Athens by Stephen Oliver (1991)

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter (1953)

Operas based on the character of Falstaff

  • At the Boar’s Head by Gustav Holst (1925)
  • Der Kustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai (1849)
  • Sir John in Love by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1929)
  • Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi (1893)

Any Shakespeare-inspired opera that we’re missing? Let us know in the comments section below! See some Shakespeare inspired novel titles >>

A photograpgh of West Side Story on stage, a Shakespeare-inspired opera

Shakespeare-inspired West Side Story on stage

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