Opera
(AH-prah)


[It.]


A drama set to music, usually sung throughout, originating in 17th century Italy. Opera is a combination of music, drama, scenery, costumes, dance, etc., to create a complete art form.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Opera, Baroque:
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Act III, Scene 3, "Innocente son io"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 56
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Act I, Scene 4, "Speranza tu mi via"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 57

Opera, Classical:
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Act I, "Ah! del padre in periglio"

W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 9
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Act I, "Chi é la?"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 10

Opera, Post-Romantic:
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"

W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 53

Opera, Romantic:
Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"

W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 56
Rossini: The Barber of Seville, "Largo al factotum"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 57

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