In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Elizabeth Swados, Composer

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Elizabeth Swados, Composer

Elizabeth Swados
Elizabeth Swados
Photo by Rosalind Lichter

I don’t think those words apply anymore to the creations of this time. “Opera” and “Musical Theater” are terms that come from specific times in history and we need new terms for our life in the present tense. New forms are fusing and colliding with old forms and it’s an exciting reinterpretation of theater and music.

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