What is an Opera?

Opera Singers & Famous Composers

An Opera is a form of theatre in which the drama and story is conveyed by singing rather than speaking. Usually consisting of 3-4 acts, an opera is predominantly composed of singing (solo as well as chorus voices), music played by an orchestra, supporting costumes, stage design, lighting effects and dramatic acts etc.

The Opera emerged as a form of Western Classical Music way back in the 16th century in Italy and slowly spread to other parts of the world.

Opera Singers What sets apart an opera from other musical performances is its theatrical style in which the actors sing their parts. Each act in an opera is composed of different sequences and the actors tell the story by singing.

“Whenever I go to an opera, I leave my sense and reason at the door with my half guinea, and deliver myself up to my eyes and my ears”. Lord Chesterfield, 1694 – 1773

Classification of Opera Singers is done on the basis of their voice quality, agility, power and timbre of their voices.

Lead female singers are termed as Soprano, Mezzo Soprano and Contralto while the Male singers are classified as Baritone, Tenor, Bass and Bass Baritone.

Their is no denying the fact that to sing in an opera, you should have discipline, focus, determination, training and a powerful voice. Add to this acting skills, stage presence and diction.

Some Famous Opera Singers include –
Senesino, Farinelli, Anna Renzi, Faustina Bordoni, Francesca Cussoni and Joseph Legros.

Famous Composers include –
Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi Guiseppe, Puccini Giacomo and Clausio Monteverdi.

Mozart will always be regarded as one of the most renowned operea composers of all times. His compositions are loved and cherished till date for their simplicity and excellence. Some of Mozart’s well known compositions and comic operas include The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte.
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