ve·​ris·​mo | \ vā-ˈrēz-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce verismo (audio) \

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Examples of verismo in a Sentence

the author of this crime novel uses profuse profanity in the name of verismo, but its effectiveness palls after a couple of chapters
Recent Examples on the Web Influenced by French literary circles, the Italian verismo movement considered the real world worth representing. Christy Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Opera and cultural change: Understanding the “verismo” of Tosca," 4 Apr. 2018 Perhaps the Met carefully planned this deep dive into verismo, that blood-and-guts, heart-on-sleeve, homicidally inclined genre of Italian potboiler that flourished around the turn of the 20th century. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Met Opera’s Dreary January Is Brightened by ‘Cav/Pag’," 9 Jan. 2018 Dr. Contino, who specialized in the visceral, unsentimental realism of Italian verismo opera, was also a music professor and vocal coach, but was best known as an acclaimed conductor. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Fiora Corradetti Contino, Opera Maestra, Dies at 91," 15 Mar. 2017 There was hardly any Puccini, there was hardly any bel canto and no verismo. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Conductor Riccardo Chailly to celebrate 40 years at La Scala," 31 May 2017 In the decades after the composer’s death in 1901, performances of Verdi’s operas began to fester with the most aggressive excesses of the verismo style that was gaining steam in his final years. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Riccardo Muti, the King of Verdi, Still Rules With a Firm Baton," 22 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of verismo

circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verismo

borrowed from Italian — more at verism

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“Verismo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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