Metropolitan Opera : An American opera company

(GS paper 1 : Source Indian Express , https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/a-6-hour-opera-in-a-pandemic-the-met-goes-for-it-7604083/)

Context : During this pandemic ,In New York the metropolitan opera was opened for the visitors by 26th Oct and visitors enjoyed opera here 

What is opera 

  • Opera is a type of theater that evolved in western world . 

  • In this theater general drama is played with the help of music and musical instruments .

  •  In other word we seay opera is a type of musical drama where through music , an artist play drama by its face expressions 

  • Opera is an Italian word which means “work”/ “action”/ Deed etc . musica lirica

  • Is another meaning of this word. This is evolved as a drama with the collaboration  between a composer and a librettist (a person who writes the text of an opera or other long vocal work.) . 

  • In opera generally we see the incorporation among a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet

  • As per the source of the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was initially used for poetry composition , dance composition and music composition . gradually this art defused everywhere in Europe. It was mainly patronised in Italy 

  • The opera can be performed generally in opera howse with the support of music orchestra etc 

  • Now days opera is a type of western classical music and generally with various art 

  • It is considered today that Dafne by Jacopo Peri the earliest composition of opera. 

  • It is also considered that by 1597 the concept of opera had evolved and  it was also written during the last 16th century largely under the inspiration of an elite circle of literate Florentine humanists who gathered as the “Camerata de’ Bardi”. 

General features of opera 

  • One important feature of opera music is that it is  continuous , with set pieces such as solos, duets, trios, quartets, etc., and choral pieces, all designed to dramatize the action and display the particular vocal skills of the principal singers. all designed to dramatize the action and display the particular vocal skills of the principal singers. 

  •  The music in opera is continuous, with set pieces such as solos, duets, trios, quartets, etc., and choral pieces, all designed to dramatize the action and display the particular vocal skills of the principal singers. 

What is metropolitan opera

  • This is a big American music company based on opera art. 

  • This company is situated in New York City of Amera

  • This company is founded in 1880 by Otto Harmann khan 

  • The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager.

  • This company is one of the largest companies in North America related to music . 

  • We found almost 27 types of different operas each year from late September through May. 

  • The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule, with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week.

  •  Performances are given in the evening Monday through Saturday with a matinee on Saturday.

  • In America this company is promoting and conserving this western classical art 

  • During this pandemic, this company faced a lot of problem but  with the support of art  and music lovers , once again this company had opened its door for the public so that art lovers could enjoy in this pandemic also 

  • Nowadays , opera is bing popular in asian countries also and this company is promoting opera in entire world 

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