Opera is a glorious spectacle, a splendid but uneven fabric of music, drama, dance, poetry, and stage architecture, imperfect by nature yet endowed with magic.
-Mary Jane Matz, Opera: Grand and Not So Grand
Opera was originally a pure art, surviving on subsidies from royalty, nobility, and aristocracy. But with the opening of the first public opera house in Venice in 1637, opera has gradually become a marketable commodity, competing with popular entertainments. Today, this art
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their love, then suddenly sinks, then falls, slowly but surely, until you are convinced of their impending doom.
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