By | Mar 19, 2009

The term Opera as well as the musical form came from Italy. It is short for ‘opera in musica’ or work in music.

Italian opera can be divided into three periods. The Baroque (1600- early 19th century), The Romantic (19th century) and Modern.

By 1700, Venice had ten opera houses and more than 350 operas had been produced in Venetian theaters and an equal number elsewhere in Italy.

Gioacchino Rossini ushered in the Romantic period. Other composers of the period was Vencenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi.

The musical Rent is based upon the Giacomo Puccini opera, La Boheme.

According to a survey performed by Stanford University in 1994, the most performed opera was Tosca, by Puccini.


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