sce·​na | \ ˈshā-(ˌ)nä How to pronounce scena (audio) \

Definition of scena

: an elaborate solo vocal composition that consists of a recitative usually followed by one or more aria sections

Examples of scena in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such is her deep expressive sensitivity, however, that when the fury and agitation embedded in Vivaldi’s impossibly florid acrobatics gave way to tender expressions of love and regret, Genaux brought those scenas to life most affectingly. John Von Rhein,, "Vivica Genaux delivers exciting Vivaldi vocals with Third Coast Baroque," 8 Apr. 2018 The orchestral palette is suffused with colorful Russian and Asian exoticism, and the entire second act amounts to a bravura scena for the work’s femme fatale, the Queen of Shemakha. John Von Rhein,, "Steve Jobs opera in Santa Fe shows a troubled tech wizard in search of his humanity," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of scena

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scena

Italian, literally, scene, from Latin

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“Scena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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