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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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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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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Has opera traditionally been enjoyed by aristocracy only or the masses too?

I was reading A History of Opera by Abbate and Parker. On page 19, they say And although its financial basis has gradually broadened...opera in its primary form, theatrical form has typically ...
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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. ...
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What is the difference between Soprano leggero and lyric soprano?

Are they the same fach but in a different language? Because I don't see any evidence of leggero fach in english. Could you give me some examples of Leggero singer and roles?
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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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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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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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Why do female opera singers use head voice?

Why do female opera singers mostly sing in the head voice? Is this a stylistic thing, or is it because it's harmful for the voice? Is it wrong when a mezzo-soprano sing mostly in the mixed or chest ...
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What is the difference between a soprano and a mezzo soprano

I am referring to opera singers. I know that soprano have a lighter voice and higher range up to C6 while mezzo soprano extend to only A5 and have a denser voice but what make the singer a Mezzo with ...
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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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What is the difference between with or without legato in singing?

In singing specially classic music, what is the difference between when the legato is written and when it's not they all sound the same connected line?
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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 causes your voice to crack? [duplicate]

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 "dolce"...
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What does the word technique mean in Opera singing?

I know that technique is how the singer control her/his voice to make a certain musical effect, but what confuses me are words like 'polished technique' and 'solid technique' ; so what do these words ...