A choreographer creates the dances, and the chorus master rehearses the singers. The conductor leads the entire opera performance from his or her place in the pit. The soloists, chorus members and the dancers follow the directions of the conductor. The ancient Greeks blended drama and music, but opera as we know it today developed in Italy in the late 1500s. At first, the music was used mainly for background.
The goal of this paper is to help eliminate these negative opinions by educating the opera challenged, to love, or at least tolerate the fine art of opera. Opera comes from the Italian word for “musical works”. It achieves the Baroque goal of combining all of the arts. Music and drama along with costume design and staging help to make opera an art to be both seen and heard. The history of opera has imitated the “current trends” of music and drama during the era it was composed.
Unlike now many things had changed from the past. Beside the libretto, music is also one of the most important parts of an opera. The music is the mood setter of the show, the sense in the opera depends... ... middle of paper ... ..., the story is a twist from stories written in the present days. Being able to see an opera live was a wonderful experience but at the same time it has some ups and downs. Being able to see all kinds of art combined in to one was amazing; the story, the music, singing, dancing, costumes, scenery, etc… those being all the ups of the opera.
Opera, in its simplest definition, is a form of the stage production that where the story is told primarily with music and singing that originated in Florence, Italy. Alternatively phrased as “Musical drama.” It incorporates acting, instruments and occasionally ballet. A song sung in an opera as a solo is called an “Aria” and a song sung in pairs is called a “Dueto” Every line is sung, including the most ordinary ones. Costumes are glitzy and dramatic to draw attention to the actors. Musicians are placed in an orchestra pit in a lowered area in front of the stage.
Both simultaneously convey the message of the storyline. In Don Giovanni Act I, the opening music is very fast and loud, powerful and emotional causing the audience to wonder what is about to happen. Once the vocals begin, they reflect the emotions expressed by the instrumentation. It is apparent that this opera is from the classical era because of the use of the stringed and wind instruments. In La Bohème, the instrumentation sets the scene perfectly in Act 1.
The form of musical entertainment that I attended was the opera, La Boheme, composed by Giacommo Puccini and Libretto by Giuseppe and Luigi Illica. The opera took place at The New City Opera on November 10, 2001. La Boheme takes place in 1830, 19th century Paris around Christmas time. This opera tells the tragic love story of a young Bohemian, Rodolfo, who finds a love interest in his neighbor, Mimi. The opera consists of an extremely talented cast with the accompaniment of an amazing orchestra.
When you look up the definition of a musical it states that it is a “stage, television, or film production utilizing popular-style songs- dialogue optional- to either tell a story or showcase the talents of the writers and or performers”(Kenrick). Just like the Opera you can trace musicals all the way back to Ancient Greece; at this time there was no separation between the Opera and Musicals. As we fast forward to the Middle ages we start to see the development of slapstick comedy and popular songs. In fact it is said that Opera was a descendent of classical theatre. When they started adding music Opera was then created and then there was a fine separation between the
The concerts allowed me to broaden my knowledge of music and learn more about how chamber music sounds. I moved along with the music I heard, and I thought about the works as I listened to them. I saw the musicians move as they played, and I know most musicians think about how they are going to play. Classical music may be losing the younger audiences, but it is still as great as it used to be when these pieces where played for royalty. Thought and movement are reactions to classical music which is why it’s an art form, and we should continue to support it because it is growing as composers write new pieces for the modern day instruments.
For one thing, it was perfect for demonstrating virtuosi... ... middle of paper ... ...eating dramatic effect in operas and in opera seria, and there are several features of the music that enhance the drama of the storyline in several different ways; The libretto is an essential addition to the music as it gives the composer direction and the music is then controlled by the dramatic context, the style, such as the da capo aria is necessary is making the opera dramatically effective, as it gives the characters a chance to develop and to portray the emotion they are feeling or the conflict they are experiencing. Other important features of the music that help to create dramatic effect are the instrumentation, the tempo, the time signature the texture and the key signature. Works Cited Dean, Winton, and J. Merrill Knapp. Handel's operas, 1704-1726. Oxford [Oxfordshire: Clarendon Press ;, 1987.
Two styles that were a part of the Baroque era were known as the prima prattica stemming from the Renaissance era and the newer seconda prattica. “The rise of the seconda prattica and monody marked the beginning of a s... ... middle of paper ... ...al era differ greatly in regards to style and structure but both succeeded at impacting musical history. The greats that we acknowledge today stemmed from these very eras. The Baroque era ushered in the genre of Opera, while the Classical era introduced a new outline for structuring musical compositions. The Baroque and Robinson 6 Classical eras were powerful, influential, and musically stimulating to the masses, forever engraving themselves in history and time.