What was the name of the first opera?

This question is straight from my server logs, and since I don’t know the context of the question, I’ll answer both.
Opera, the music: The name of the first opera is, according to Wikipedia, “Dafne”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dafne by “Jacopo Peri”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Peri — a quote from “Wikipedia”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera#Origins says:
bq. The word opera means “work” in Italian (from Latin opus meaning “work” or “labour”) suggesting that it combines the arts of solo and choral singing, declamation, acting and dancing in a staged spectacle. Dafne by Jacopo Peri was the earliest composition considered opera, as understood today. It was written around 1597, largely under the inspiration of an elite circle of literate Florentine humanists who gathered as the “Camerata dé Bardi”. Significantly, Dafne was an attempt to revive the classical Greek drama, part of the wider revival of antiquity characteristic of the Renaissance.
And for Opera, the browser: The first version of Opera, the browser, was called “Multitorg Opera”:http://www.igd.fhg.de/archive/1995_www95/proceedings/posters/31/ and was initially a research project at Telenor. A brief history of the browser is on Wikipedia’s Opera entry, but Multitorg doesn’t seem to be mentioned. Wikipedia’s guidelines and my moral compass forbids me from editing the page to correct the omission of the Multitorg name, but feel free to edit this on your own.


  1. Although not mentioned in the main Opera article, the “history of the…”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Opera_Internet_suite article does a pretty good job with key points in Opera’s history. The article both mentions and features screen shots of several old versions (including one of “MultiTorg”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:MultiTorg_Opera.png that shows off its _*way cool*_ MDI(Multiple Document Interface) capabilities!)…
    Ps! You might wanna double check the URI(Uniform Resource Identifier)s, “Textile”:http://textism.com/tools/textile/ has a rather hard time with the parenthesis in the URI…

  2. John Magnus: Thanks. I’ve fixed the textile now.

  3. Nicholas Bernabe

     /  2007-11-11

    Great work!