Opera is traditionally a live-performance art that combines elements of both music and drama. Although conceived in the theaters of ancient Greece, opera as it is known today came to life in the 1600s. Other performance arts include dance, live theater, and symphony orchestras. Today, opera is considered to be one of the most expensive art forms because of its operating and performance expenses. For example, opera houses often require large rehearsal spaces and soundproof studios, as well as hundreds of professionals, including an orchestra and a chorus. Thus, the performance seasons for many opera companies tend to be short, even in strong economic climates. Minimizing production costs and shortening seasons are devices used to limit costs in recent years, especially since the Great Recession ...

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