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Opera

Opera is a beautiful musical art form that has a very rich history. Hearing or watching a live opera can be one of the most incredible experiences. With the incredible performers that have existed the past 200 years has made this hobby even more enjoyable. Getting started is very easy as there are many great online resources.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

Use the white subtabs above to navigate the other Opera resources. We have a Opera forum where you can get your questions & doubts answered, a page with Opera how-to videos, a page with the best handpicked links to other sites, and a page with the best Opera books and products.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Introduction


Opera is an western classical art form where singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining words and musical score. There are components of acting, costumes, scenery as well as dance.




Enjoying opera


Although many people may feel that opera is complicated and difficult to understand, with a little preparation most operatic performances are both entertaining and educational. Some operas are performed in English, but it is certainly common for popular operas to be in Italian or German. To enjoy an opera in a foreign language, it is important to familiarize yourself with the story beforehand. You can either read up on the plot ahead of time, or simply allow yourself time before the performance to read through the plot summary in the performance program. When booking tickets, check to see if there are sub or sur titles, and that the seats you choose have a clear view of the translations.




It is also helpful not to select seats that are very close to the stage. Not only is it often cheaper to sit higher up or further back, but you can get a better view of the stage as a whole from being a little further away. Most operas can take at least two to three hours, so take advantage of the intermissions to get a drink and read up on the next section of the plot. You will soon find you have some favorite opera companies, favorite performers, and even favorite operas that you enjoy seeing over and over again, so that the plot becomes something of an old friend! That is when you have reached the level of the true opera-goer!