Definition of scena in English:



  • 1A scene in an opera.

    • ‘Every aria she sang was a highlight, not least the formidable Act 1 scena which can hold up its musical head in the exalted territory of Come scoglio.’
    1. 1.1An elaborate dramatic solo, usually including recitative.
      • ‘The program was well chosen in the first half, which began with an operatic scena from the 26-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven.’
      • ‘‘The Only Son,’ from 1947, is actually a little scena for mezzo, tenor, and baritone, with piano.’
      • ‘Galatea rises up from the sea, where she was hiding, and sings a long sort of scena, which showed off Ms. Le Roi's voice in a range of tempos and styles.’
      • ‘Respighi's setting is of a piece, an impressive feat - that is, he doesn't resort to cutting it up as a kind of dramatic scena or recitative.’
      • ‘Berlioz called it a ‘Sacred Trilogy’, and the work is in a style between that of opera and the type of orchestral-vocal scena Berlioz experimented with in works such as Cleopatra.’


Italian, from Latin, scene.