Opera is a play that uses music to tell a story or a drama. Opera can narrate serious stories legends, folklore, as well as hilarious stories or comedies (known as opera buffa). Most often, opera plots are about romance, chivalry and adventure, and deal with very emotional situations such as joy, sadness, excitement, fear, anger, mystery, death, desire, and passion. Accompanied by musical ensemble and dance scenes, opera is truly the superior form of musical expression.
The first “real” opera was probably a recitative work titled Dafne by Peri and was performed in 1594. Though Peri’s opera is lost, but there are many comments about the performance of Dafne.
Though this great form of art was discovered in Italy, its fame rapidly spread to Germany, England, France, Russia, Portugal, Spain, and other countries. Initially all the German and Austrian musical giants like Handel and Mozart composed operas in Italian because opera was regarded as an exclusive Italian art. But in the later stages composers wrote opera in their own languages. By the late 19th century, the whole scenario had changed. The dawn of the twentieth century saw renowned composers like Guiseppe Verdi in Italy, and Richard Wagner in Germany, writing operas of extensive length, accompanied with huge and expensive productions. The concept of opera became massive with big orchestras, large choruses, and complex scenery and extravagant costumes.
The stature of opera is massive. Its impressions can be found on the contemporary music, literature, movies, drama and other domains of the cultural field.
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