THE WANDERING OPERA
Fleur Barron

Opera is said to have evolved in Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance. A small group of wealthy artists, statesmen, writers, and musicians called the Florentine Camerata, put their heads together to transform the Greek Drama into a composition of music, song and theatre. Italian for ‘work’, the first recognised opera Dafne, was composed by Jacopo Peri [1561-1633], in the late 1590s. Opera has since travelled beyond geographic and cultural boundaries as the most creative of all the performing arts. Here, Singaporean-British Mezzo Soprano opera singer Fleur Barron, shares her personal experience of music and migration.

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