music drama


: an opera in which the action is not interrupted by formal song divisions (such as recitatives or arias) and the music is determined solely by dramatic appropriateness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, as diehard fans will surely remember, the two actors already share an onscreen history, having starred together in the 2004 teen music drama Raise Your Voice. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2023 But far from being a spinoff of a spinoff, Kevin Puts’s The Hours mixes musical freshness and venerable traditions in a fine and moving music drama. Vulture, 23 Nov. 2022 This Halloween weekend, Blanchett turns in an Oscar-worthy performance as an orchestra conductor navigating personal and professional obstacles in a classical music drama. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2022 Shortly after returning from Oldenburg, the Thai orchestra got its first big film gig: performing in Todd Field’s classical music drama Tár starring Cate Blanchett. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2022 Country music drama Monarch, which was slated to air this season, was also pushed to next season. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 When a director empowers a composer to carry a film and not simply to tag along with it, a singular kind of music drama emerges. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon stars alongside country singer Trace Adkins in the trailer for the new country-music drama Monarch. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2021 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht wrote the song for their 1928 German music drama Threepenny Opera. Paul Grein, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of music drama was in 1874

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“Music drama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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