Opera Essay Topics

History of the Phantom of the Opera

In 1911, Gaston Leroux published Le FantÔme de l’Opera, the now famous book that gave birth to the legend of the Phantom.  Leroux had been fascinated by the mystery and design of the Paris Opera House.  As a theatre enthusiast, he had toured all the levels of the Opera House including a visit to the… View Article

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Age of Enlightenment was a period in European history when philosophies and trends were changing considerable. The Enlightenment was a time when reason and equality became accepted principles. Aristocracy and the over-indulgence of the very wealthy as compared to the peasantry was a concept that was being transformed into a philosophy that heralded the… View Article


The main focus of this article is to explain how political climate impact or affect’s the composition of a certain opera made by the composers. This article also tends to explain how the certain factor affects the reception of the composed opera. Operas can express stories such as history, fictitious dramas and even stories which… View Article

Music vs. Book

Books and music are not a direct comparison normally but when it comes to youngsters and their lives both have a very strong influence. When we are bored, it is the time we listen to music or read a book. These two are the common things we are doing in our leisure time. People should… View Article

Review of Related Literature

When you scroll down your playlist, do you encounter the word “Genre” on the list? Do you what does Genre mean? According to Dictionary.com (2005) it is a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content technique, or like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music. Genre has different… View Article

“P.D.Q. Bach “The Abduction of Figaro”

This is a grand opera that begins off initially with laughter. This appears to be a theme that reoccurs throughout the piece suggesting that it is a comic opera. The mood is serious yet comical throughout. It was really impressive how the composer orchestrated the story into the opera with elements of comedy in the… View Article

Rise of Two Operas

The Italians and the French have been two prominent figures in the world of opera music. Their music in the field of tragedy has been flourished by history and emerged from different social context and background. Opera traced its roots from Italy. Opera, in its earliest form can be traced from various types of Italian… View Article

The Phantom of the Opera

The phantom of the opera is e novel by a French writer Gaston Lecroux. It was first published us a serialization in a French daily newspaper named “Le Gaulois” from September 1909 to January 1910. This story sold very poorly upon publication In book form and it was even out of print several times during… View Article

Opera Buffa

The comic opera is a new operatic genre which denotes a dramatic singing of a light natural, and earthy comedy, usually with a happy ending. The form of comic opera first developed in the early of 17th century. It began to distinguished from other operatic form since in the early 18th century in Naples and… View Article

Maria Calais as a Diva

To enable us to comment on Maria Callas as an operatic diva, it is first necessary to ascertain whether she possess all the stated attributes usually associated with the term. The conductor Sir Charles Mackerras believes there must be an ‘aura’, but ‘there also has to be something unusual as well as competent about a… View Article

Classical Opera

THE question of what sort of music should be employed in opera is a fundamental one, and has given rise to more controversies, heart-burnings, and recriminations than any other matter, since it lies at the root of all differences between schools or individuals. In the earliest times, we find a declamatory style; in the works… View Article

Musical Theatre

What is Musical theatre and what makes it different than any other theatre with music forms, especially Opera? Musical Theatre  The art of music, dance and drama have been linked together since the dawn of time and are still really connected with one another that it is inadvisable to try to tell the difference between… View Article

The Washington Opera

Abstract This report is based on the development of The Washington Opera especially its “world-class” strategy. Between 1995 and 1998, the trustees of TWO established three steps. This case analyzes its “world-class” strategy and problems it brings. It appears that TWO’s first two steps were almost successful, but its ambitious developments resulted in financial problems… View Article

The Mikado

Having never before attended an opera, and not sure what to expect, I found myself both entertained and pleasantly satisfied by the operatic comedy of “The Mikado”. The performance took place at Wallace Hall at Gadsden State Community College, George Wallace location. I attended the 7:30 performance on Saturday, June 8th. The performance lasted a… View Article

Maximization of Shareholder Wealth

Question: Firms often involve themselves in projects that do not result directly in profits, for example by sponsorship of sporting events of the opera or other entertainment. Do these projects contradict the goal of maximization of shareholder wealth? Why or why not? Answer: Participating in programs that are socially responsible does not contradict the goal… View Article

The Music of the Night

In operas, either people love them or hate them. Play and song writer Andrew Lloyd Webber portrays a new light on opera in the famous musical The Phantom of the Opera. In scene five of the musical where the Phantom of the Paris Opera House sings a romantic melody entitled “The Music of The Night”… View Article

Verdi Requiem

All but one of Guiseppe Verdi’s masterworks are operas. This poses a problem for those of us who aren’t opera buffs. Fortunately, though, that one exception is his stunning Requiem, into which he poured the same vibrant emotion that thrills opera fans, but without the trite plots, simplistic characters and dull narrative stretches that tend… View Article

Sally Soprano I: Negotiation Strategy

On behalf of my client Sally Soprano, I am preparing for my upcoming meeting with Lyrica Opera. I will focus on using the Principled Negotiation Strategy (PN). My belief is that the four crucial points of this strategy – People, Interests, Opinions and Criteria will help the negotiations stay on course and ultimately benefit both… View Article

History of Chines Opera and its effect on World Music

The search for creativity and originality is deeply rooted in human nature such that it represents an inescapable and defining requirement of the human being. Since in man’s creative restlessness beats and pulsates what is most deeply human- the search for knowledge. A major issue in the history of china is its opera Extolling the… View Article

Metropolitan Opera House

Maria Callas gives an outstanding performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. This is unsurprising as Callas was one of the most famous sopranos of her time and a recognised Diva. The Newspaper review is gushing in praise of Callas who gives a powerful and convincing performance. It is noted that the reviewer… View Article

Enterprise Strategy

Vision Our Enterprise Strategy sets out our vision for the Opera House as a dynamic and evolving organisation now and into the future. Our mission and values lie at the heart of our Enterprise Strategy, guiding our plans to ensure the Opera House retains its essential role in Australia’s life and identity. Mission The Sydney… View Article

The components of opera

The components of opera are orchestra, chorus, aria, recitative, ballet, act and scenes, overture and libretto. Orchestra comprises of four instrumental families that is the strings woodwind, percussions and brass. Faul (2006). Other instrumental included in the Orchestra include piano harp and harps chord. A good example of orchestra is the London symphony Orchestra. This… View Article

Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk

In a letter to his wife Alma, Gustav Mahler wrote, “There are only [Beethoven] and Richard [Wagner]- and after that nobody. Mark that! ” (Comini,390) Just as Beethoven revolutionized symphonic repertoire, playing a pivotal figure in the transition from classicism to romanticism, Wagner played a pivotal role in revolutionizing opera, taking it from a frivolous… View Article

Why I Will Always Remember a Trip to the Opera

It is likely that most people’s favourite concert experience will be from seeing a classic band. Someone like The Rolling Stones, or Billy Joel, or maybe even the Beatles. The concert experience I had the most memorable time at was something which is more classic than even rock and roll itself: an opera performance at… View Article

Joel Joe Varghese

Don Bosco held its much awaited event-Voice of DBA-Solo Singing Competition for classes 3 to 12. The competition was divided in parts that is, for classes 3 to 5, for 6- 8, for 9 and 10 and for 11 and 12. But fortunately the event for classes 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 was… View Article

The History of Italian Theatre

The Italian Renaissance occurred from 1550 – 1700. The rapid economic growth in Italy during this time made it possible for the more wealthy citizens to endulge in alternate forms of entertainment. Wealthy families such as the Medicis began a system of patronage, in which they would finance artists to produce art in many forms…. View Article

Amadeus Movie Review

The title of the movie should actually be “Salieri”, because the whole movie is really about his jealousy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and how Salieri was overshadowed musically by Mozart. In the beginning, Salieri makes a “deal” with God so He will make Salieri a musical genius, and Salieri believes he has been granted this… View Article

Italian and German Opera

he Italian opera and the German opera are two different fields that both share characteristics, some of which are paralleled, and some of which contrast. Specifically, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner use motifs such as: redemption through love, patriotism, and sacrifice which run throughout both of their operas. The theme of betrayal also seems to… View Article

Music Appreciation

1. What are figured bass and basso continuo? How are they related? Figured bass is a musical notation using numbers to indicate chords, intervals, and other aspects in relation to the bass note of the music and basso continuo is the harmony of the music itself. (this has nothing to do with the question; when… View Article

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera A merger proposal

Before the merger, Utah Symphony managed numerous budgetary issues. A significant budgetary shortcoming with the symphony is its powerlessness to arrange the compensations of the workers. The greater part of the symphony’s representatives are under contact that abandons them with the money related load of needing to pay rates paying little heed to the ticket… View Article