Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting.

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What was opera performance practice like in Wagner's time?

I know that opera performance practice was unlike that of the 20th century in, say, the 18th century in that the audience was often noisy and distracted. I'd like to know where and when the modern ...
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What causes your voice to crack?

I've heard many recording for Maria Callas and I noticed that her voice cracked many times. One example is lucia mad scene studio recording 1953 when she sings "il dolce sono" between "il" and ...
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What kind of baritone is this voice & is it learned or naturally acquired?

I understand that there are different types of baritones. I am aware of a few such as the Dramatic Baritone, Dramatic Bass Baritone, Lyric Low Baritone, Verdi Baritone. One of my favourite pop ...
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What is this 'tone' of voice called?

When listening to various pop opera or opera pieces, I sometimes hear the singer make their voice suddenly 'more masculine' for a particular part of the song. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, ...
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Is 'Gianni Schicchi' the shortest well-known opera ever written? [closed]

I saw Puccini's Gianni Schicchi recently and realised it was remarkably short at under an hour. Are there any operas which are commonly performed in even less time than that?
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Why do baroque operas tend to have postmodernist stage designs?

I have made the observation that baroque operas seemingly tend to have more modern, and frequently grotesque stage designs than more recent operas. A good example are the operas of Händel, many of ...
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Do some measures get no numbers, in an opera score?

I'm counting measures and confirming measure numbers in an opera score, and I've come across a discrepancy. I wonder what this means about conventions for numbering measures in opera scores in ...
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Stravinsky's opera “Mavra” and its influence upon the popular song “Katyusha” by Blanter

In Wikipedia (Spanish Edition), and all over the Internet, you can see this paragraph (or similar) about the song popular Russian song "Katyusha". Some critics believe that Katyusha was not a ...
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Singing an opera “all'italiana”

When an opera is played without staging (be it either a rehearsal or an actual concert) it is called all'italiana (translated: "in the italian style"). Or, at least, this is how we call it here in ...
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What is the process by which singers identify their voice type/fach?

I am trying to gain insight about the process by which vocalists identify their voice type or fach. I am not looking for any discussion about the basic distinctions between, say, soprano and alto. ...