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The technological influences on Opera that I have researched include two points of interest. First, in 1822, the gas-light was used during the production of Isouard's Aladin, ou la Lampe Merveilleuse. For example, Opera was influenced by the first use of electricity on stage. Electricity was introduced by using a carbon arc to suggest the rising sun. Operas included spectacular elements hoping to defuse the explosive content of the story.

Two, skating rings were used to create romantic attention by adding a contemporary environments into the Opera set. Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer and the originator of the French Grand Opera, was said to have the gotten this idea by watching the ice-skaters at the Champs-Elysees.

Note: In 1847, the first light bulb was invented by Joseph Swan, an English scientist. Thomas Edison produced a light bulb and experimented with filaments of carbonized thread. He discovered that carbon filaments glowed when heated by electric current. In 1880, he invented a light bulb that was safe to use in houses. Later Edison and Swan worked together to form the Edison and Swan United Electric Light Company.

I hope I have given two creative examples of how technology was incorporated into Opera.