opera seria


opera se·​ria -ˈser-ē-ə How to pronounce opera seria (audio) -ˈsir- How to pronounce opera seria (audio)
: an 18th century opera with a heroic or legendary subject

Examples of opera seria in a Sentence

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Word History


Italian, literally, serious opera

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opera seria was in 1840

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“Opera seria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opera%20seria. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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