opera seria

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opera seria

(ˈsɪərɪə; Italian ˈopera ˈsɛːrja)
n, pl opere serie (Italian ˈopere ˈsɛːrje)
(Classical Music) a type of opera current in 18th-century Italy based on a serious plot, esp a mythological tale
[from Italian: serious opera]
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During the 18th century, the literate tradition of Neapolitan opera composers was accompanied by other kinds of music to be heard in other venues.
Abel's expertise in resuscitating neglected French operas brought him to the attention of the world-renowned Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where he took on several of Rossini's Neapolitan opera seria.
Fortuitously, Dinko Fabris's nearly simultaneous publication of Music in Seventeenth Century Naples: The Case of Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003) offers a good complement to Emblems of Eloquence in its exposition of Neapolitan opera during the same period.
Marco Bizzarini speculates on a possible influence from Benedetto Marcello on Locatelli's thoughts, even if there was little similarity in their work; Cesare Fertonani analyses the six Introduzioni teatrali of 1735, a type of sinfonia blending the Neapolitan opera overture, the Roman concerto grosso and the Venetian concerto a 4.
It moves at different times into a history of the Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, the most luxurious Venice theatre, flagship of the Grimani family and the place where the great castratos generally sang; a sketch of the development of musical education in Naples and of Neapolitan opera seria; an analysis of changing styles of vocal writing and ornamentation; an account of the criticism of opera by literary men; and a social history of the singing profession and its role in the opera business.
The remaining essays in this section deal with the exporting of Neapolitan opera seria to Venice, Germany, and Madrid.