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Operatic Baby Names

You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names:
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  • Aida

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    Aida is a melodic name largely associated with the title character of the 1871 Verdi opera, an enslaved Ethiopian princess who dies to save her people. In the past, her name was rarely heard outsid... Read More 

  • Andres

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    This exoticized version of Andrew has a rhythmic feel. Read More 

  • Annina

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  • Basilio

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  • Bello

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    Bello is as handsome as Bella is beautiful, but rarely heard outside the Italian community. With its energetic 'o' ending, it could be ripe for export. Read More 

  • Benoit

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    Using the French version takes this ancient name out of the grasp of Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold but puts it into the territory of confusing pronunciations: it's ben-WAH. Read More 

  • Betto

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  • Bianca

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    Bianca, the livelier Italian and Shakespearean version of Blanche, has been chosen by many American parents since the 1990s, just as Blanca is a favorite in the Spanish-speaking community. Miss B... Read More 

  • Boris

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    Boris is one of the old Russian names being revived by chic Europeans; it hasn't quite made a comeback yet in the U.S., but it does have potential. For a long time the name has been associated wi... Read More 

  • Carmen

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    Carmen has long been associated with the sensuous, tragic heroine of Bizet's opera, based on a novel by Prosper Merimee, and then by two other bombshells: Carmen Miranda (born Maria) and Carmen Ele... Read More 

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