Combining music and theatre, this illustrious art form provides audiences with an all round experience, encompassing music, acting and often even dancing. Opera houses across the country are endeavouring to demolish the highbrow attitude surrounding this form of entertainment with their unique and innovative takes on both classical and more modern performances.
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Dating back to 16th century Italy, the earliest evidence of this musical tradition stems from Dafne by Jacopo Peri, written around 1597. The format soon spread around the globe, capturing the hearts of theatre fanatics all over Europe with its undeniable passion and the boundless talents of its performers. The genre attracted legendary composers, including Handel and Mozart, who developed magnificent musical scores to match the highly admired librettos. The format also produced "The Three Tenors", including multi-award winning Pavarotti, who would go on to become one of the greatest operatic tenors of all time.
Despite being firmly rooted in tradition, the genre's influence extends far into the present day, with many modern musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and Rent all employing operatic techniques. Theatres more often than not choose to put on both classical and modern performances, with composers including Philip Glass and Harrison Birtwistle producing a steady stream of award winning pieces that are accessible to audiences of all kinds. The artform even transcends more popular entertainment, as proved by terrific tenor Paul Potts' victory on TV's Britain's Got Talent.
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