Trivia: What is the orchestral piece played at the beginning of an opera?
The correct answer is Overture
So why is this answer correct? : Overtures, French for “opening,” have been around since the 17th century. Over time, they evolved in opera from an attention-grabbing tune to a more melodic opening that eases the audience into a performance. However, Italian overtures have a more erratic pattern to help focus the audience for the performance.