grand opera


Definition of grand opera

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

Examples of grand opera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paris Opera extends across the city in two grand opera houses: the historic Palais Garnier and its main theater, the modern Opéra Bastille. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The main thoroughfare, Emad al-Din Street, boasted a grand opera house, expensive hotels, and innumerable dance halls, bars and cafés. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 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,, 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,, 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of grand opera

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grand opera was in 1720

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“Grand opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand opera

: serious opera in which all the words are sung


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