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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.
Or so he claimed. As it happens, fewer than 50 titles have been identified, and more than half of these scores are now lost. Some of his most famous operas are 'Orlando furioso' from 1727 and 'L'Olimpiade' from 1734, although the composer is best-known for his concertos.
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