Opera Essay

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  • The Opera Rigoletto At The Metropolitan Opera

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    The opera Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera was conducted by Pablo Heras Casado. The three principal singers were Piotr Beczala as the Duke, Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto and Olga Peretyatko as Gilda. This being my first opera, I was surprised by how large and grandiose the house was, which is in sharp contrast to my typical experience when I see musicals.The production decided to place a modern twist on the setting of the opera, rather than the original setting of 16th century Italy, the story is

  • Italian Opera vs. French Opera

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    According to R. Wagner opera does not mean so much a musical work, as a musical, poetical, and spectacular work all at once; opera is the work par excellence, to the production of which all the arts are necessary (Sutherland, 1). " Opera starts not with music but with its literary source (story or plot), whether it be history, biography, fiction, or mythology in the form of poem, play, drama, novel, or original libretto"(Knapp 6). Opera is a combination of mangled drama, the singers, the music

  • Essay on Opera

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    plays, the actors on stage do not speak their lines they sing them! Opera is the combination of drama and music. Like drama, opera embraces the entire spectrum of theatrical elements: dialogue, acting, costumes, scenery and action, but it is the sum of all these elements, combined with music, which defines the art form called opera. Operatic dramas are usually serious, but there are several comic operas and funny scenes in tragic operas. The music is usually complicated and difficult to sing well. Only

  • The Phantom Of The Opera

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    Phantom of the Opera has been around for longer than I can recall, being the musical to talk about among my family as something grand. When I was the age of only fourteen I received the honor of performing the musical for the first time, although I had to learn a great deal about the script for that performance, the history behind The Phantom of the Opera is not clear to me. So I started my research their tied to the original piece. Phantom of the opera.com gave a timeline that had the background

  • Opera Divas

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    century Opera was seen as the epitome of music in the Baroque era as it combined intense emotions, serious drama, elaborate staging and costumes as well as it’s beautiful singers (Opera Divas). Opera Divas were the rock-stars of the era and were adored by many noblemen and women, as well as the lower classes but how did they reach this level of fame? I will be delving deeper into 17th century opera and focus on the beginnings and development of opera and the rise (and fall) of two popular opera divas

  • Observation Of The Opera

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    The Austin Opera did an outstanding performance of Bizet’s “Carmen”, on Thursday night, played at The Long Center of the Performing Arts. Carmen is an Opera by French composer Georges Bizet, who died suddenly months after Carmen’s debut in Paris 1875. Bizet was a composer during the romantic era, although he has other works Carmen is his most successful work and is frequently performed in the world of operas. I don’t remember the last time I attended an opera but it was probably 10 years ago for

  • Opera Singing

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    is that of a classical/opera solo vocalist. Opera Singers perform pieces that combine a libretto and a musical score accompanied by an orchestra. Classical Singers are categorised by their voice range, usually as soprano, alto/contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass and all usually perform in concerts or operas. Classical Singers may also perform in concerts, theatres, and even on the radio and television. To get experience, mezzo-soprano Bergen Baker suggests aspiring Opera Singers “do as many performances

  • Evolution of Opera: Greek Drama to Baroque Opera Essays

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    defines opera in his text, A Short History of Opera, as “a drama in music: a dramatic action, exhibited on stage with scenery by actors in costume, the words conveyed entirely or for the most part by singing, and the whole sustained and amplified by orchestral music” (4). A literal translation of the word opera is simply work, and although the term opera was not coined until 1634, one of the first known operas was performed in 1597 (Grout 1). Grout explains that there are two types of opera. The first

  • Disadvantages Of Opera Buffa

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    Opera buffa or “buffoon” opera, the opposite of opera seria, was not introduced in opera houses until the late eighteenth century. In contrast with opera seria, opera buffa did not serve to trouble the audience, but instead, it was created to promote a feeling of happiness. Characters who performed the opera buffa style had to be funny and encourage laughter in the audience while simultaneously singing. This took incredibly skilled individuals to be able to successfully accomplish this goal. In order

  • Russian Opera Essay

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    Russian Opera The seeds of a distinctively national art music in Russia are usually dated from the first half of the 19th century. The performance of the opera A Life for the Tsar (1836), by Mikhail GLINKA, is usually cited as the turning point for Russian music (Russia's national anthem is taken from this opera). In this historical opera, as well as in his subsequent opera Ruslan and Ludmila (1842), the orchestral fantasy Kamarinskaya (1848), and numerous songs, Glinka successfully fused