Opera is a sophisticated form of musical theater that usually includes elaborate costumes and scenery. Singers and musicians perform dramatic work combining text (called libretto) and musical score, most often in a theatrical setting. Elements of spoken theater are often utilized; dance is sometimes part of opera shows as well.
Traditional opera was born in Italy at the end of the 16th century, starting with Jacopo Peri's Dafne. Shortly thereafter, the art form began to spread across Europe, including Germany, England, and France, countries that helped establish their own opera traditions during the 17th century.
By the 18th century, Italian opera was dominating throughout much of Europe with its opera seria; it was the 19th century, however, that was the "golden age" of opera, led by composers Giuseppe Verdi in Italy and Richard Wagner in Germany.
Other renowned composers include Christoph Willibald Gluck; Giacomo Puccini; Vincenzo Bellini; George Frideric Handel; Ludwig van Beethoven; and, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The success of opera shows continued through the 20th century and today. Popular contemporary works include The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, and Carmen, which deals with the life and death of a gypsy. If you enjoy cultural events, consider a trip to the opera house. Whatever you seek, find all your ticketing needs at TicketNetwork.com!