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

Examples of music drama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her costar Isaac, meanwhile, is known for a wide array of screen projects including the music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, the Stars Wars sequel trilogy, the Marvel series Moon Knight, and the sci-fi drama Ex Machina. Raechal Shewfelt,, 2 May 2024 The audience can move about the exhibit, which also includes a performance of a medieval music drama by Ind. Series vocalists and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 Perhaps it’s misplaced to crave an arc, a powerful a sense of thrust, or any of the traditional attributes of music drama. An Epic Set, Vulture, 16 Jan. 2024 After Good Luck Charlie, Mendler joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Undateable (2015–2016) and was featured in a 2017 episode of the country music drama series Nashville. Ilana Frost, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 Composer-lyricist David Yazbek and writer Itamar Moses’ Tony-winning music drama at Dolby Theatre renewed my flagging spirit with its story about a group of Egyptian musicians forced to depend on the kindness of reluctant strangers when they’re stranded overnight in an Israeli backwater. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 In the end, after four episodes totaling 16 hours of music drama, with numerous touches of magic, there’s also redemptive sacrifice and cleansing. Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2023 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

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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 19 May. 2024.

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