What is opera?

  • (noun): Theater where opera is performed.
    Synonyms: opera house
    See also — Additional definitions below

Opera

Opera (English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere) is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. 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.

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Some articles on opera:

Johann Adolph Hasse - Early Career
... Hasse's career began in singing, when he joined the Hamburg Opera (his family, who were traditionally church musicians, came from near Hamburg) in 1718 as a tenor ... at the court of Brunswick, where in 1721 his first opera, Antioco, was performed Hasse himself sang in the production ... Hasse many commissions from Naples's opera houses, but also, according to Quantz, brought him into contact with Alessandro Scarlatti, who became his teacher ...
Opera - Cinema and Internet
... Major opera companies have begun presenting their performances in local cinemas throughout the United States and many other countries ... The Metropolitan Opera began a series of live high-definition video transmissions to cinemas around the world in 2006 ... San Francisco Opera began prerecorded video transmissions in March 2008 ...
Janusz Korczak - In Popular Culture
... In addition to theater, opera, TV, and film adaptations of his works, such as King Matt the First and Kaytek the Wizard, there have been a number of works about Korczak ... written and directed by Rudolph Cartier (13 March 1962) Music Korczak's Orphans – opera, music by Adam Silverman, libretto by Susan Gubernat (2003) Kaddish – long ...
Amilcare Ponchielli - Biography
... Two years after leaving the conservatory he wrote his first opera -- it was based on Alessandro Manzoni's great novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) -- and it was as an opera composer that he eventually found fame ... he had won in a competition, he took small-time jobs in small cities, and composed several operas, none successful at first ... The following opera, I Lituani (The Lithuanians) (1874), was also well received, being performed later at Saint Petersburg (as Aldona - November 20, 1884) ...
Victoria De Los Ángeles - Life and Career
... her debut in Salzburg and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Mimì, and in the United States with a recital at Carnegie Hall ... In March 1951, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Marguérite, and she went on to sing with the company for ten years ... In 1957 she sang at the Vienna State Opera ...

More definitions of "opera":

  • (noun): A drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes.

Famous quotes containing the word opera:

    The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
    —Jean De La Bruyère (1645–1696)

    To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.
    Billie Burke (1885–1970)

    The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands.
    Maria Jeritza (1887–1982)