The Opera Lover S Companion

The Opera Lover S Companion

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the beggars opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by john gay with music arranged by johann christoph pepuschit is one of the watershed plays in augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera but without recitative