Writer in Residence. – What’s Opera Doc? by Paul Andruss

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

(What’s Opera Doc? Warner Brothers Looney Tunes Cartoon)

Opera came about during the Renaissance (or Rebirth) in late medieval Italy.

Which begs the question: What’s the Renaissance Doc?

Well, in a few words… The Roman Empire collapsed in Europe. Then came the Dark Ages: Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Goths, Vikings and as everything settled down, the Normans.

Welcome to the 1st Millennium.

The Pope said, ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely if Jerusalem was in Christian hands.

Welcome to the Crusades.

The Normans loved Christianity. They just had a problem with the commandments, particularly: Thou shalt not kill. But they weren’t only about meeting new and exotic peoples (and killing them) they also introduced luxury goods: cinnamon, almonds, ginger, and the Greek and Roman Classics; the very books their Viking ancestors burned not 300 years before.

Welcome to the Renaissance.

On the back of Arabic translations of the Greek and Roman Classics the Renaissance (or the rebirth of learning) flourished…

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