Opera: An Introduction
Learning about any new art form can seem a daunting task at first; however, we hope this guide will help you as you wade into the ocean that is opera.
Opera is a dramatic art form in which the text is (usually) sung throughout. Unlike musicals in the United States, in an opera the dialogue is most often sung along with the songs and ensembles.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
To learn more about the history of opera we suggest this article called "A Brief History of Opera" written by Opera America. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Listening: Where to Start?
With the advent of shows like Britain's Got Talent, it seems like everyone in the world has heard "Nessun dorma," but there is so much more to opera than one famous (too often repeated) aria. In creating this section, we all contributed youtube videos of our favorite opera singers singing our favorite tunes. With opera individual taste is very important. We all tend toward certain pieces of music and certain singers whose interpretations satisfy our soul. These are our favorites. We hope you fall in love with them as we did.