Opera was invented by a group of Late Renaissance Italian intellectuals to describe their new art form that combined music, drama, scenery and movement. The word derives from Latin meaning “works” and in the minds of those Florentine gentlemen, the combination of those various endeavors might just as will be called “works”, and since they were Italian, it comes out “OPERA”.

To the above cited items I’ve added cooking and eating! Shakespeare wrote: “What a piece of WORK is MAN!” In American slang one hears now and then: “gimme the works!” It could just as well be: “Gimme the OPERA!” Here it is.