The Opera Stage: Small Translation Booklets Provided During Operas in the 18th Century, the Purpose of Shiny Silk Clothing on Stage, the Reason Why Sinister Acts Take Place at the Left of the Stage, and How Fire Was Manufactured for Plays

Despite common belief, not everyone who attended operas during the 18th century spoke Italian which is the language of most operas and because of this, actions became highly exaggerated to act as a kind of subtitle to fill in the blanks. Patrons were also provided small booklets with the entire opera in print much the same as a modern day screenplay script so that they could follow along in the event that they became lost. Operas favored providing shiny, silk clothing to lead opera characters be...

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