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Chapter 14: Opera- Spirit and style of Romanticism in the perfect synthesis of all the arts, opera. Three countries (France, Italy, and Germany) dominated it’s development. Grand Opera emerged in the early 19 th century, because of Louis Vernon, Eugene Scribe, and Giocomo Meyerbeer. These 3 broke away from classical themes and subject matter, but staged spectacular productions with crowd scenes, ballets, choruses, and fantastic scenery, written around medieval and contemporary themes. Jacques Offenbach brought to the stage a lighter style, in which spoken dialogue mixed with music. This type of opera is Opera Comique. It has serious intent despite what the French word for comique might suggest. A satirical and light form, it use vaudeville humor to satirize other operas, poplular events, and so forth. In between the styles of Meyerbeer and Offenbach is a third type of opera, lyric opera. Ambroise Thomas and Charles Gounod turned to Romantic drama and fantasy for their plot. Contain highly lyrical
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