Invented just over four centuries ago, opera has continued to play a large part in the performing arts. It is a challenge for performers who want to test their skills in a complex and exacting form. Each singer for opera must continually train to adjust their voice to the dynamic...

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When a conductor agrees to produce on an opera, it is his choice as to what instruments will be used for the performance. There are four general groupings used for traditional opera. These are woodwinds, brass, stringed instruments and the percussionists. The conductor must decide how many of each instrument...

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Opera performances require a large variety of talents and direction. When the curtain comes up on opening night, every person involved with the performance must execute their part flawlessly. This takes many hours of practice and direction by a group of experts. Opera combines music played by an orchestra with...

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Performances of opera and musicals on stage are a good way to be completely immersed in music. While the orchestra plays the music, the stage is filled with singers and actors. These people perform the songs while acting out the lyrics. Songs are joined together through action and occasional dialogue to tell a complete story. This combination creates an immersion experience where the audience gets more out of each note than just listening to a song.

Music videos have become popular, but they do not have quite the same impact of stage performances. Being part of an audience at a live performance is an interactive experience. If the audience reacts poorly to a song, it may be changed or enhanced for the next performance. Stage performers are accustomed to noting audience reactions and adjusting their techniques during a show. The joining of music with stage action is a cohesive whole that tells an entire story for an audience, not just one episode in a single song.