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Master's
Language: GermanStudies in German
Subject area: arts
Qualification: Master
Kind of studies: full-time studies
University website: www.mh-stuttgart.de
Opera
Opera (Italian: [ˈɔːpera]; English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere [ˈɔːpere]) is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers. Such a 'work' (the literal translation of 'opera') is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costumes and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.
Opera
An exotic and irrational entertainment, which has been always combated, and always has prevailed.
Samuel Johnson, Lives of the English Poets (1779-81), "Hughes." (Of Italian opera.)
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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
W. H. Auden, in TIME magazine (29 December 1961)
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