While Bebop is a uniquely American musical style, Opera claims its origins from Europe. A vast and extensive genre, Opera spans all the way from the Classic Greek era to modern day, though it flourished in its known form in seventeenth century Italy and spread throughout Europe shortly after. Opera took place when new harmonic structures were created instead of the complexities of polyphony and counterpoint that had existed beforehand. The opera became one of the most significant achievements of the Baroque period.
Opera took root in many other European countries forming strong foundations in France Germany, and Russia. The American Opera, though relatively new, has become its own distinct genre and in some instances has combined with America's classical music Jazz, creating an exciting new entity.