What’s an Opera?

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An opera is a theatre piece in which the words are sung. Learn all about operas this week on Classics for Kids as Naomi Lewin talks about its origins, performers, composers and history.

Music used within the program:

"Kill the Wabbit" from the Bugs Bunny cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?"

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, "Toccata"

Gaetano Donizetti: Daughter of the Regiment, "Pour Mon Ame"

George Frideric Handel: Tamerlano, "Al Dispetto"

Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville, "Largo"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail, "Ha! Geht's Hier So Lustig Zu?"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote, "Queen of the Night" aria

Georges Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, "Mira, O Norma"

Charles-François Gounod: Faust, "Anges Pur"

Charles-François Gounod: Faust, "Soldier's Chorus"