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The first ever operas were written around 1600 by Baroque composers including Monteverdi and Cavalieri, and the genre quickly took off. Early operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek and Roman mythology.
In the early 1600s, intellectuals thought the music of their day was trivial, so they took their inspiration from an era when drama and academia flourished in Ancient Greece. Emotion in Greek drama was portrayed through song or dramatic speech, and musicians in the 1600s attempted to capture this.
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