Introduction to Opera

If you're an opera newbie, this is the place for you.  Click on the links below to discover everything you wanted to know about opera but were too afraid to ask!

What is opera?


The Oxford English dictionary tells us that opera is, ‘A dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists.’  Simply put, opera – the Italian word for ‘work’ - is a story told through words and music.  

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Getting started

Want to try opera but not quite sure where to start?  We've got you covered! Our handy guide offers a few suggestions to get your opera journey kick-started.

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What to expect

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Our guide to going to the opera contains all you need to know - whether it's what to wear or when to clap!

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Glossary of Opera Terms

A capella:
Literally, "in the chapel." In the operatic context, this is choral music sung without instrumental accompaniment
A section of an opera used by the composer to divide the work into parts, often with breaks for the audience in between
Literally "air" in Italian. An accompanied song for solo voice