grand opera


Definition of grand opera

: opera in which the plot is serious or tragic and the entire text is set to music

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Recent Examples on the Web Bruce Eggler, a New Orleans journalist who over a half-century career covered subjects ranging from grand opera to media criticism to the minutiae of city government, died Wednesday in his apartment in New Orleans’ Riverbend neighborhood. John Pope,, "Bruce Eggler, a longtime newspaperman 'all about New Orleans,' dead at 76," 9 Sep. 2020 From the late 1920s, professional wrestling had an uneasy relationship with the auditorium, muscling in between other presentations of grand opera, graduations, Boy Scout pow-wows, educational lectures and other more elevated events. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio’s Wrestlethon gave a longtime home to the sport it helped popularize," 5 Sep. 2020 Even more revealing was the response of my wife, who loves grand opera but isn’t a full-fledged buff and had never previously shown any special interest in Maria Callas. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 There were moments when his powerful voice proved too much for the arena’s amplification system more suited to broadcasting scores for sporting events or a circus than grand opera. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "When Pavarotti brought his larger-than-life voice to Baltimore," 20 June 2019 Her silky mezzo voice had the heft to parody grand opera, and her divinely expressive face carried over-the-top theatrics with no self-consciousness. Globe Staff,, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019 Facchinetti has created some 90 or so incredible and incredibly intricate costumes for a new production of the Italian composer’s five-act 1867 grand opera which will open Saturday at the Theater St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Alessandra Facchinetti’s Incredibly Lavish Costumes for Verdi’s Don Carlo Are Operatic Couture," 27 Oct. 2018 In Germany, the decor, the spectacular use of great masses of people—the central myth itself was borrowed from grand opera. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "2 New Reasons to Binge-Watch Orson Welles Arrive on Netflix," 2 Nov. 2018 His voice is sort of a rest cure from the truck-driver singing of grand opera, with superb diction and natural vocal elegance that should be an excellent fit with Schubert’s great song cycle. Bethany Ao,, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from March 18 to 24," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grand opera

1720, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand opera

: serious opera in which all the words are sung

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