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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What to expect
Our guide to going to the opera contains all you need to know - whether it's what to wear or when to clap!
Glossary of Opera Terms
- A dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists
- A short opera, usually on a light or humorous theme and typically having spoken dialogue
- A dramatic work for orchestra, chorus and soloists principally written to be performed in concert. Oratorios tend towards serious religious themes
- The group of musicians who perform the music of the opera