Imagine having the ability to express your emotions—happiness, sadness, love, anger—with a tool exponentially more effective and evocative than words alone. This is the power of opera. Put simply, opera is storytelling through music. These characters have real emotions, real conflicts, and real relationships. To experience an opera is to see a complete audio-visual production, complete with sets, costumes, and a live orchestra. The information on this page will give you a bit of insight into what to expect from an opera, as well as some basic terminology involving the art form.
What is opera?
Who sings opera?
What are operas written about?
Do I need to speak Italian?
How many people does it take to put together a performance?
How long do singers rehearse for an opera?
I loved Phantom of the Opera! Is that an opera?