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1opera

Definition of OPERA

plural of opus
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Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2opera

noun op·era \ˈä-p(ə-)rə, Southern also ˈä-prē\

: a kind of performance in which actors sing all or most of the words of a play with music performed by an orchestra

: a show in which opera is performed

: a group of actors who perform operas together

Full Definition of OPERA

1
:  a drama set to music and made up of vocal pieces with orchestral accompaniment and orchestral overtures and interludes; specifically :  grand opera
2
:  the score of a musical drama
3
:  the performance of an opera; also :  a house where operas are performed

Examples of OPERA

  1. I am going to an opera tonight.

Origin of OPERA

Italian, work, opera, from Latin, work, pains; akin to Latin oper-, opus — more at operate
First Known Use: 1644

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
OPERAS Defined for Kids

opera

noun op·era \ˈä-pə-rə, ˈä-prə\

Definition of OPERA for Kids

:  a play in which the entire text is sung with orchestral accompaniment

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