Originally Posted by FearFactory
I have a question that I'm too lazy to look up the answer to, so I apologize for my ignorance in advance... but is it just the singing style which makes opera what it is, and if so, couldn't you mix a different style of music with the singing and have it be considered a separate type of opera?
If you want the simplest, most layperson type answer, an opera is pretty much just a musical except without the talking in between songs. In otherwords, it's just sung more or less all the way through.
Its really a bit more complicated than that, but yeah, you could pretty much write an opera using any sort of genre.