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An art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work (called an opera) which combines a text (called a libretto) and a musical score.

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A Quick Tip by MNeulander

  • Aug 12, 2010
Love my opera!!! Love Motzart, Handel, Puccini, Verdi. My all time favorite tenor is Jussi Bjoorling. Moden tenoe Jose Curra.
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review by . September 10, 2009
My favorite operas? PUCCINI'S !!!
"        Nagasaki is the setting. Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the opera.       OPERA! Oh, what an intense, uplifting & inspiring encounter. I love Puccini's Madame Butterfly & La Boheme. Listening to opera aria is like tapping into one's soul & passion. Intertwined with the soprano's emotional expression & you reach a plateau of climax where your heart constricts & your tears flow. It's simply an …
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2010
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Don't be discouraged or put off by the shrilly singers. You just have to find the GOOD ones.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
Energy on Earth would improve if more people listened to opera.
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score. Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery and costumes and sometimes includes dance. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble.

Opera started in Italy at the end of the 16th century (with Jacopo Peri's lost Dafne, produced in Florence around 1597) and soon spread through the rest of Europe: Schütz in Germany, Lully in France, and Purcell in England all helped to establish their national traditions in the 17th century. However, in the 18th century, Italian opera continued to dominate most of Europe, except France, attracting foreign composers such as Handel. Opera seria was the most prestigious form of Italian opera, until Gluck reacted against its artificiality with his "reform" operas in the 1760s. Today the most renowned figure of late 18th century opera is Mozart, who began with opera seria but is most famous for his Italian comic operas, especially The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, as well as The Magic Flute, a ...

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