A Night at the Opera is a 2002 album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian. Metal-Rules.com named this the best metal album of 2002.
The album features the concepts and themes familiar to Blind Guardian fans, such as historical battles and religious references.
"Precious Jerusalem" is based on the final days of Jesus of Nazareth.
"Battlefield" is based on Song of Hildebrandt, an old German tale of a father and son who find themselves in a duel to the death.
"Under The Ice" has connections to the Iliad, focuses on Cassandra and what happened to her after the Trojan War, particularly from The Oresteia.
"Sadly Sings Destiny" based on the religious aspect of the Messiah in the Old Testament, and tells of the crucifixion of Jesus from the point of view of a character who reluctantly helps fulfill the prophecy, by doing such things as building the cross and weaving the Crown of Thorns.
"The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" is based on an episode from the story of Tristan und Isolde.
"Wait for an Answer" is a story Hansi wrote about a friendship between a hare and a fox, a very unusual friendship. They both have to avoid the genocide created by the tribe of crows who are the kind of racist nation in the story about hope and war.
"The Soulforged" is based on the Dragonlance saga's tales of the mage Raistlin Majere.
"Age of False Innocence" is about Galileo Galilei.
"Punishment Divine" is about Nietzsche's decline into insanity.
"And Then There Was Silence" is inspired by Homer's Iliad.
All music written by Olbrich/Kursch except track 2 and 7 written by Olbrich/Kursch/Stauch. All lyrics written by Kursch.
01. "Precious Jerusalem" – 6:21
02. "Battlefield" – 5:37
03. "Under the Ice" – 5:44
04. "Sadly Sings Destiny" – 6:04
05. "The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" – 5:30
06. "Wait for an Answer" – 6:30
07. "The Soulforged" – 5:18
08. "Age of False Innocence" – 6:05
09. "Punishment Divine" – 5:45
10. "And Then There Was Silence" – 14:05
11. Untitled -- (hidden track)
Hansi Kursch - lead and backing vocals
Andre Olbrich - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Marcus Siepen - rhythm guitar
Thomas "Thomen" Stauch - drums & percussion
Bass guitars: Oliver Holzwarth
Keyboards & orchestral arrangements: Matthias Wiesner
Piano: Michael Schuren (Age of False Innocence)
Keyboards and sound effects: Pad Bender, Boris Schmidt, Sascha Pierro
The Choir Company: Rolf Kohler, Thomas Hackmann, Olaf Senkbeil, Billy King