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Opera house
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1. Introduction

The emergence of the institution of the opera house, as a place for the performance of works of musical theater, is closely associated with the emergence of the genre of opera around 1600 and its subsequent spread throughout Europe. Until the first decades of the 17th century in Italy, theatrical works with music, including the first operas, were performed at princely courts in the context of festive events that were not open to the public (Festival 6.). Princes’ aims here were s…

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Mautner, Hendrikje, “Opera house”, 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_025012>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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