Puppet opera is a particular type of puppet theatre, which emerged in southern Italy and particularly in Sicily in the early 1800s, is Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Traditionally the Opera of the Puppets consisted of the theatrical representation of Frankish romantic poems such as The Song of Roland or Orlando furioso, the performance of medieval clashes between knights and the Moors: the puppets were taken as symbols of the desire for revenge and justice of a social class. The Opera dei Pupi is closely linked with other forms of expression, such as those of the “Cantastorie” and “Cantari” (singers of tales): the adventures of these chivalrous heroes are narrated in episodes.
The storytellers deals with themes of an epic nature through acting while the Singer of tales tells the same story through song. The Opera dei Pupi is characterised by the transmission of a series of rather ancient codes of conduct which include: sense of honour, chivalry, defence of justice and faith, the need to excel etc.