opera seria

noun
opera se·​ria | \ -ˈser-ē-ə How to pronounce opera seria (audio) , -ˈsir- How to pronounce opera seria (audio) \

Definition of opera seria

: an 18th century opera with a heroic or legendary subject

Examples of opera seria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mozart’s final opera seria has it all, along with a handful of memorable arias. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "CCM Mainstage Series includes 'Cinderella,' 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of opera seria

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opera seria

Italian, literally, serious opera

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“Opera seria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opera%20seria. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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