Opera is a dramatic form in which music carries the burden of the drama. Its background lies in the late- Renaissance courtly entertainments -- variously called intermedi in Italy, ballets de cour in France or masques in England -- which brought music, drama, dancing and spectacle together. The form as we know it arose at the beginning of the Baroque period as an attempt to revive the ancient Greek drama.
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