What is Opera All About?

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What is Opera All About?

Ever wondered why some people are so passionate about opera while others find it daunting? The answer lies in the person’s response to opera’s successful display of emotions and stirring of passions.

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Ever wondered why some people are so passionate about opera while others find it daunting? The answer lies in the person’s response to opera’s successful display of emotions and stirring of passions. In fact, these two ideas have guided opera composers from the beginning: understanding the emotional state of the people on stage, while giving us great aesthetic pleasure. How do we grasp emotional expressions in opera? How much do we rely on speech? What musical means are employed to portray characters, shape relationships and move us? We shall address these issues while looking at some “friendly” opera excerpts. We shall build our basic opera terminology (aria, duet, unison, finale etc.) and guidelines to listening.