Forms of Classical Music: The Opera

Forms of Classical Music: The Opera

Another well known form of classical music is the opera.  Other than the orchestra, this type of classical music is enjoyed by many in various countries. The opera began in Italy and then spread to the rest of the world. The first opera was performed in 1600s in the town of Florence. This is the most dramatic form of classical musical because it consists of a theater, opera singer and musicians.

Each of the classical composers have established themselves by the use of the operatic form. Like other forms of theater, the libretto within an opera tells a story. Operas are mainly sung in Italian if they were completed by any of the major composers.The opera is divided into different sections called modes. The first section is the recitative while the section section is the aria. When listening to the recitative it will seem as if the opera singers are speaking quickly, while the aria is more like a song. It is in the aria that the listener can truly understand what feeling the opera singer is trying to convey. The recitative is mainly just the story for us to understand the emotions in the aria.

Like the other forms of classical music, the opera has its own sub-types. There is the small operetta, the comical opera known as the opera-comique and the singspiel, to name a few. One of the most notable composers of the opera is Mozart. He completely revolutionized most of the classical forms of music. His most notable operas are “The Magic Flute and “The Marriage of Figaro”.