Main definitions of opera in English

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opera1

noun

  • 1A dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists.

    ‘it was the best performance of the opera he had ever heard’
    • ‘Her next step into the world of acting was performing in television dramas in Delhi, with occasional roles in stage plays and operas.’
    • ‘For someone reason, I got it into my head the other day that he only wrote a few symphonies and operas, the odd piano concerto, and the Requiem.’
    • ‘Of course he played tricks in his songs, as in his orchestral music and operas.’
    • ‘He declared that some of his best ideas came to him while listening to chamber music and Mozart operas.’
    • ‘Yet it is hard to avoid some sense, in many of his operas, that the music is at times cerebral in its conception.’
    • ‘In the 1770s he began composing symphonies, concertos, operas and theater music.’
    • ‘The festival has been going since then, and every summer it presents operas, plays and concerts of the finest.’
    • ‘They attended the opera, concerts, and took part in a chamber music competition.’
    • ‘The portrayal of the situations is assisted by cantatas, arias, duets, operas and music.’
    • ‘I was busy experimenting with folk music and composing operas.’
    • ‘But then, I seldom have the sense that Miller ever listens to the music of the operas he directs.’
    • ‘These include seven symphonies, nine operas, and chamber, organ and piano works.’
    • ‘Radamisto was the first opera that Handel wrote for the fledgling Royal Academy of Music.’
    • ‘The same could be said of musicals, operas, ballets, songs, and other narrative forms.’
    • ‘Realism seems to be in at the moment, so operas are dramatic stories set to music.’
    • ‘Yet Strauss manages to create an opera which wrings every dramatic drop from the text.’
    • ‘It's a liturgical work incorporating all the drama of the composer's operas.’
    • ‘We tend to associate Handel operas with high voiced prima donnas, the castrati and the sopranos.’
    • ‘The discretionary fund is used to pay musicians, broadcast live classical music concerts and operas.’
    • ‘They are even hungry for classical music - operas, symphonies and solo concerts.’
    work of art, work, creation, artistic work, literary work, musical work, opus, oeuvre, piece, arrangement
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Operas as a genre of classical music.
      ‘a very grand programme of opera and ballet’
      • ‘It was a fitting tribute to a man whose love of the arts, especially fine art, classical music and opera, is one of his great passions.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he found out that singing opera was a lot more fun than singing pop.’
      • ‘By contrast, the outer panels of the triptych are closer to the world of opera than that of oratorio.’
      • ‘He has also designed extensively for theatre, opera, Broadway musicals, and film.’
      • ‘Here, he takes a surrealist text and puts it in the dramatic context of early Baroque opera.’
      • ‘This allowed him to listen to opera and classical music as he read books about nature.’
      • ‘Verdi mavens and lovers of opera in general will surely want this fine recording.’
      • ‘Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, musical theatre and opera were bitter, resentful enemies.’
      • ‘Are we going to take the narrow view which sees Scottish Opera as an oxymoron, and opera and classical music as not really Scottish?’
      • ‘This work has all the lyrical beauty we associate with the more traditional type of opera.’
      • ‘In this respect, the piece is operatic and, like opera, is sometimes exaggerated and campy.’
      • ‘There are many people who are very used to listening to opera, classical music, world music, and pop in languages other than their own.’
      • ‘It helps explain why opera and musical theatre are the two largest growing public art forms.’
      • ‘You might not think of St. Louis, Missouri, as a place to go to see opera in the summer.’
      • ‘She is familiar with all styles of singing, from opera, to musical theatre oration and cabaret.’
      • ‘Outside medicine she loved the arts and literature and particularly classical music and opera.’
      • ‘In the last few years London has seen a variety of operatic styles in contemporary opera.’
      • ‘It's a mystery, and it seems to happen every time Boulez gets involved with opera.’
      • ‘The opera has been around China for more than 400 years, impacting many other genres of folk opera.’
      • ‘Theatre and opera were bounded by the physical limitations of scenery and props.’
    2. 1.2A building for the performance of opera.
      ‘you will enjoy a visit to the opera’
      • ‘On the other hand, there's nothing like going to the opera or Shakespearean theatre on a mild dose of magic mushrooms.’
      • ‘She was back in London by 1737, when the Opera of the Nobility collapsed.’
      • ‘The way that we go to the opera, the theatre and the concert has hardly changed for centuries.’
      • ‘When your day's work is done, I can bring the theatre or the opera to your home’
      • ‘You decide to splash out on a night at the opera, but the theatre is full.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Italian, from Latin, literally labour, work.

Pronunciation:

opera

/ˈɒp(ə)rə/

Main definitions of opera in English

: opera1opera2

opera2

Pronunciation:

opera

/ˈɒp(ə)rə/