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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 form carries numerous stereotypes that mildly retard the spreading of its popularity Younger generations often perceive opera as an activity appreciated by the wealthier and older population Classical music in general has somewhat lost its foothold on younger kids who no longer hold much of an appreciation for the art Opera today is facing the problem of continuous change Historically opera was physically distinguished as a landmark Yet today many of these houses no longer exist Many have been demolished while others have been renovated into houses supermarkets garages or office buildings Another aspect of change involves the content of the opera itself Originally opera was serious and grand It has since evolved adding new and different elements to the point that opera now comes in all shapes sizes and degrees seria semiseria buffa grand comique Kammer Singspiel lyrique light and intermezzo Opera is today the generic term used for a variety of different pieces ranging from Aida La Perichole Night Flight and West Side Story With its new face and great variety opera now has a lot more to offer to a younger changing audience Two such pieces are Rappresentatione Di Anima et di Corpo by Cavalieri and Romeo et Juliette by Gounod This first piece Rappresentatione is a more contemporary piece which takes on a philosophical if not theological theme In contrast to the traditional opera where the scene is set at a general time and a geographical location an Italian village or perhaps
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