1683 Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell). Often considered to be the first genuine English-language operatic masterwork. Not first performed in 1689 at a girls' school, as is commonly believed, but at Charles II's court in 1683 1731 Acis and Galatea (George Frideric Handel). This is Handel's only work for the theatre that is set to an English libretto 1843 The Bohemian Girl (Michael Balfe) One of the few notable 19th century English operas apart from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan 1968 Punch and Judy (Harrison Birtwistle). Birtwistle's first opera was commissioned by the English Opera Group. The following Operas by Gilbert & Sullivan: Thespis Trial by Jury Sorcerer H.M.S. Pinafore Pirates of Penzance Patience Iolanthe Princess Ida Mikado Ruddigore Yeomen of the Guard Gondoliers Utopia Limited Grand Duke.