The fact that the invention of opera originally began in Italy is a fact known to few. At the end of 16th century and the beginning of 17th it started with ‘Jacopo Peri’s lost Dafne’ in 1598 in Florence. In the seventeenth century art was mainly displayed in the form of an opera. Etymologically the meaning of the word ‘opera’ means ‘work’ in Italian. As per the oxford Dictionary this word was first used in the sense to denote ‘composition in which poetry, dance, and music are combined” in 1639’. Before discussing about the origin of opera and the great impact that it had in the seventeenth and the eighteenth century, it is important to mention that the invention of opera is usually categorized into two parts.
The first part says that it was a new invention which was more like an attempt so that the Greektragedy could be given a modern look and could be performed in the form of a musical drama, where the music that was played throughout would be the communicative element having emotional effect. The second one says that opera presented a perfect mixture of genres of various kinds, which included various kinds of plays, musicals, dance and madrigals, theatrical specter, solo songs and much more. Both the tell tales are correct because it is presumed that the inventors of opera based their performance on the idea of the Greek tragedy which they sought to present through various modes helped by the different genres.