Classical crossover (musical genre)

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Classical crossover, or operatic pop or popera, is a musical genre that mixes and blends elements of classical music (ópera and formal music) with popular music (pop, rock, middle of the road and Latin]).

The term "classical crossover", was coined by record companies in the 1980s.[1]

Defined as a genre, it has gained in popularity since the 1990s and has acquired its own list of Billboard.[1]

According to music historians, operatic pop songs became most prevalent with the rise of Tin Pan Alley musicians during the early 1900s.[2] One influence was the large influx of Italian immigrants to the United States who popularized singers such as Enrico Caruso and inspired the creation of "novelty songs" using Italian dialect. The songs often used operatic repertory "to make a satirical or topical point."[2] Popularized by American Vaudeville, musical comedies, jazz and operettas, examples include Irving Berlin's That Opera Rag, Billy Murray's My Cousin Caruso and Louis Armstrong's riffs on Rigoletto and Pagliacci.[2] The subgenre subsequently dwindled after the 1920s but revived during the rock music era with albums such as The Who's Tommy and Queen's A Night at The Opera.[2]

Operatic pop solo singers[edit]

Operatic pop groups[edit]

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  1. ^ a b, ed. (August 24, 2015). "Música Classical Crossover". 
  2. ^ a b c d Hamberlin, Larry (January 21, 2011). "Introduction". Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780195338928. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Andrea Bocelli: The king of Operatic pop, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 28, 2004
  4. ^ "Romina Arena: All hail the 'Queen of Popera'", The ArbiterOnline, December 6, 2007

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