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date: 22 October 2019

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This article describes what it was like to attend the very first operas that were composed and performed during the early seventeenth century and were made popular in the commercial theaters in Venice. It studies the complications of early opera placed upon composers and dramatists, and shows that female voices in the opera were “echoed” by the female singers in convents. The carnival mask, the comic theater, and the influence of the Jesuits are discussed. The latter portion of the article focuses on the changes that occurred in the Venetian theaters during the seventeenth century.

Keywords: first operas, commercial theaters, Venice, complications, female voices, carnival mask, comic theater, Jesuit influence

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