A Brief History of Italian Opera

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Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni and Véronique Gens as Donna Elvira in the Royal Opera House production of 'Don Giovanni'

The Italian people have always had a love affair with opera, which has been a part of their life for more than 400 years. This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the history of Italian opera.

Music used within the program:

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

Handel: Guilio Cesare, "Da tempeste"

Mozart: Don Giovanni, "Fin ch’ han dal vino"

Rossini: Barber of Seville, "Una voce poco fa"

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, "Sextet"

Bellini: Norma, "Mira o Norma"

Verdi: La Traviata, "Sempre Libre"

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana, "Intermezzo"

Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci, "Vesta la giubba"

Puccini: La Boheme, "Musetta’s Waltz"