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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.
While opera took hold in Italy in the late 1600s, composers like Perrin and Lully developed the genre in France. Lully’s style was quite different from the Italian styles, with simple plot lines and music based on recitative rather than arias.
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