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Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work (called an opera) which combines a text (called a libretto) and a musical score.
Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery and costumes and sometimes includes dance.
The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble.
Opera Information Directory http://opera.stanford.edu/ Opera Information Directory
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Short guide to learning and loving Opera http://www.operamania.com/initiation.htm Short guide to learning and loving Opera
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