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Opera
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1. Concept

The Italian opera, from the plural of the Latin opus (“work”), was borrowed by all major European cultural languages. Until the 17th century, it was used unspecifically to denote any kind of theatrical work, including those involving music (Theater). Meanwhile, the phenomenon now called opera - a performance or performance material including as components text (Libretto), voc…

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Müller-Lindenberg, Ruth, “Opera”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025005>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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