In the first of two programmes exploring the origins of Opera, Catherine Bott examines the genre from its earliest days in the courts of Florence and Rome. Although it began life in these courts, it was in Venice that Opera was truly born, and Catherine explores the circumstances which surrounded its arrival there during the city's Carnival season of 1637 and the reasons for its immediate success.
Ellen Rosand - Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: the Creation of a Genre
Muir - The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance
Glixon & Glixon - Inventing the Business of Opera.