Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Essential Opera - Reading Together - Part 5

Italian opera began around 1600 and it still plays an important role in the world of opera today. "Many famous operas in Italian were written by foreign composers, including Handel, Gluck and Mozart. Works by native Italian composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, are amongst the most famous operas ever written and today are performed in opera houses across the world."

In the seventeenth century, Italian opera began in Florence and Mantua and then spread throughout Italy, including Rome. Venice, however, was the home of the first public opera house. Venice also became the center for the commercialization of opera.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Italian operas continued strong. In the twentieth century, Puccini wrote some of the greatest Italian operas.

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