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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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 Her 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto and her grand opera Cold Mountain were relatively easy sailing. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philly composer Jennifer Higdon's new concerto didn't come easy - but they never do," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of grand opera

1720, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grand opera

: serious opera in which all the words are sung

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