music drama


Definition of 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

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These musicians interweave themselves in the stage action of a play that behaves more like a musical — or music drama, to be more precise. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 Yet by coincidence, not one but two new music dramas about major 20th-century thinkers — two German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis — have their premieres in Germany this season. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018 Directed by indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, music drama Her Smell stars Elisabeth Moss as a punk rock star and frontwoman of a pioneering all-female rock band in the ’90s. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson on Body Positivity and Her “Racy and Raw” New Movie Role," 24 Aug. 2018 The music drama, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is set in New York, but films in Chicago. Tracy Swartz,, "Which Chicago TV shows got renewed?," 14 May 2018 Long Beach Opera stages the West Coast premiere of this 1940s-era chamber-music drama based on the medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde. Matt Cooper,, "Weekend Picks: 'Hamilton' returns, 'The Love Potion' opens and Pop-Up takes the stage," 10 May 2018 Indie music drama with Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer movie guide: New 'Avengers,' 'Deadpool,' 'Mamma Mia,' 'Jurassic World' and more," 20 Apr. 2018 That’s a lofty goal, particularly for a music drama that works through abstract, mostly wordless means. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Meredith Monk, Still Peerless at Shocking Serenity," 15 Mar. 2018 That reality lends topical resonance to the affecting music drama by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce. John Von Rhein,, "A gay love affair in '50s D.C. plays out to touching effect in 'Fellow Travelers'," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of music drama

1874, in the meaning defined above

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