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The World's Greatest Music
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.
Handel composed an impressive 42 operas between 1705 and 1741, including 'Giulio Cesare' from 1724. Some of his most famous operas were originally oratorios, including 'Semele' from 1743.
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