Course: Music Appreciation

Reading Report #2


This type of musical theatre was most popular through the mid 1800s to the 1920s. Operetta was fabricated from the French comic opera. Nonetheless, the operetta differs from the opera in a few ways. Such as operetta includes ‘spoken dialogue’ unlike the opera here the dialogue is sung. As well as songs instead of arias. According to the Worldbook Encyclopaedia (1995) “Operettas are intended to entertain and amuse not to arouse strong emotions or to explore important issues.” (pg471)

Some rudiments of the operetta include plots of romance, mistaken identity, but repeatedly with a moral. Operettas were originally from France, and its first magnum opus was written by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) a famous French composer. Some of his main work included ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ (1858), ‘La Belle Helene’ (1864) and ‘La Perichole’ (1868).

I believe that this information has done justice to the operetta as I am now aware and well informed about the operetta and its founding father. Again this was a good article.


The Worldbook Encyclopaedia, 1995