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 AN INTRODUCTION TO OPERA
An opera, like a play, is a dramatic form of theatre that includes a set, props, and
costumes. However, in opera, the actors are trained singers who sing their lines
instead of speaking them. An orchestra accompanies the singers. A conductor
coordinates both the singers on stage and the musicians in the orchestra pit.
Opera consists of many dimensions that are combined to make it a unique
whole: the human voice, orchestral music, the visual arts (scenery, costumes,
and special effects), drama (tragedy or comedy), and occasionally dance. The
combination of these elements can make you cry tears of joy or sadness,
produce laughter or anger, but most importantly transport you to a magical land
of music and song.
*Some material courtesy of San Francisco Opera Guild Education