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1[mass noun] Realism in the arts, especially late 19th-century Italian opera.
- ‘The end of the book includes a short glossary of terms to help readers with certain concepts such as bel canto, leitmotif and verismo.’
- ‘Tosca, of course, is a stunner, and verismo at its melodramatic best.’
- ‘Roberto Rizzi Brignoli is a pupil of verismo's late master, Gianandrea Gavazzeni.’
- ‘First, most of them reject verismo and melodrama.’
- ‘Its setting is the Passion cycle, and the grisly subject matter perfectly suits the artist's verismo style.’
- 1.1 The verismo genre of opera, as composed principally by Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo:[as modifier] ‘a splendid verismo tenor’
- ‘Essentially a lyric soprano with coloratura capabilities, she was at home in both Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as in bel canto and verismo.’
- ‘The saving grace to the whole artistic endeavour is that the works are classic verismo operas with sky-high true-life grit.’
- ‘But peasants had made it to centre stage even in the opera house, and operatic verismo would become an established form.’
- ‘These verismo pieces are more difficult than many people realise.’
- ‘In their place, courtesy of Paul Brown's designs, was the verismo of early twentieth-century Italian rustica.’
- ‘Enrico Caruso was the voice of choice for verismo composers.’
- ‘As befits a verismo opera, Puccini's work is rooted in the real Rome rather than in that of the imagination.’
- ‘Mahler had completed his first three symphonies, and Mascagni and Leoncavallo were creating new orchestral colours in their verismo operas.’
- ‘Nevertheless, he still can tear passion to tatters in the verismo arias.’
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