Ballet is a type of performance dance which originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet requires years of training to learn and master, and much practice to retain proficiency. It has been taught in ballet schools around the world, which have historically used their own cultures to evolve the art.
Grand opera is a genre of 19th-century opera generally in four or five acts, characterised by large-scale casts and orchestras and lavish and spectacular design and stage effects, normally with plots based on or around dramatic historic events. The term is particularly applied to certain productions of the Paris Opera from the late 1820s to around 1850; 'grand opéra' has sometimes been used to denote the Paris Opéra itself.
Romantic imagination is the power of the mind to creatively interpret nature and every day happenings that seem to have no outstanding, intellectual significance for human life.
The Romantic ballet is defined primarily by an era in ballet in which the ideas of Romanticism in art and literature influenced the creation of ballets.
Nineteenth-century Paris was to foster and witness the birth of “grand opera,” an international style of large-scale operatic spectacle employing historical or pseudo-historical librettos and filling the stage with elaborate scenery and costumes, ballets and multitudes of supernumeraries. It was in effect the 19th-century equivalent of the Hollywood blockbuster film epic. Dispensing almost entirely with the delicacies of bel canto singing, it vastly enlarged both the orchestra itself and its role in the dramatic events.
Today these works are rarely given live performance, as their sheer length and the expense of staging them can still be prohibitive, even for the largest opera houses. However, they are increasingly being resuscitated for Compact Disc recordings, and many are revived at opera festivals and regional opera houses.
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