Opera is an interesting form of art in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work, including text and musical score in a theatrical setting. Being an opera artist is very complicated, but challenging and beautiful at the same time. Opera is a complex field as incorporates scenery, acting, as well as dance and special costumes. The shows are accompanied by a smaller musical ensemble or by an orchestra. This incredible form of art started in Italy at the end of the 16th century, but then it spread in other countries such as Germany, France, England and many others. The 19th century is also known for incredible and very successful opera shows and styles. “Opera” is an Italian word meaning “work” or “labour”. One of the most obvious changes in opera is the development of atonality. Throughout time, this form of art had many styles and changed gradually, but its value remains amazing. A few of the most famous male opera singers were Richard Wagner, Puccini, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, George Friedric Handel and many others.
A difference between the 20th century opera and the opera from the past consists of the use of smaller orchestras, as well as the emergence of contemporary historical operas and re-telling contemporary plays, stories such as Nixon In China, Doctor Atomic, Dead Man Walking, as well as Anna Nicole. Male singers can be classified as bass-baritone, bass, tenor, counter-tenor and tenor, while females are classified as mezzo-soprano, soprano and contralto. One of the international opera singers were Farinelli and Senesino, as well as Anna Rinzi, Faustina Bordoni and Francesco Cuzzoni.
A few of the most famous male opera singers over the late years are Alfredo Kaus, Maria Callas Montserrat Caballe, Birgit Nilsson, Beniamino Gigli, Luciano Pavarotti, as well as Placido Domingo, Jose Careras, Franco Corelli and many others. These famous male opera singers had an incredible contribution to this wonderful and very valuable form of art. Today, operas are transmitted to cinemas and theatres and are also presented through HD cinema projectors. The Internet affects the way people watch opera because they don’t attend the shows anymore as they can watch them online. Plus, one of the main plans is to attract younger audience and many operas do that by offering them discounts.