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op·er·a 1

 (ŏp′ər-ə, ŏp′rə)
n.
1. A theatrical presentation in which a dramatic performance is set to music.
2. The score of such a work.
3. A theater designed primarily for operas.

[Italian, work, opera, from Latin, work, service; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

o·pe·ra 2

 (ō′pər-ə, ŏp′ər-ə)
n.
A plural of opus.

opera

(ˈɒpərə; ˈɒprə)
n
1. (Classical Music) an extended dramatic work in which music constitutes a dominating feature, either consisting of separate recitatives, arias, and choruses, or having a continuous musical structure
2. (Classical Music) the branch of music or drama represented by such works
3. (Classical Music) the score, libretto, etc, of an opera
4. a theatre where opera is performed
[C17: via Italian from Latin: work, a work, plural of opus work]

opera

(ˈɒpərə)
n
a plural of opus

op•er•a1

(ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə)

n., pl. -er•as.
1. an extended dramatic work in which the parts are sung to orchestral accompaniment. Compare aria, comic opera, grand opera, recitative2.
2. the score of such a work.
3. an opera house or resident company.
[1635–45; < Italian: work, opera < Latin, orig. pl. of opus service, work, a work, opus]

o•pe•ra2

(ˈoʊ pər ə, ˈɒp ər ə)

n.
a pl. of opus.

opera

  • opera - Actually the Latin plural of opus, "labor, work."
  • prima donna - Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834.
  • primo vomo - The principal male singer in an opera.
  • soap opera - Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927).

opera

1. Drama set to music with the texts wholly or largely sung. Its seriousness or elevation of purpose and intention usually distinguishes it from other forms of musical theater with text.
2. Extended drama, its text sung, often with bravura solo and multiple voice passages.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opera - a drama set to musicopera - a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
supertitle, surtitle - translation of the words of a foreign opera (or choral work) projected on a screen above the stage
act - a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
classical, classical music, serious music - traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
bouffe, comic opera, opera bouffe, opera comique - opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
grand opera - opera in which all the text is sung
musical drama - opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
aria - an elaborate song for solo voice
2.Opera - a commercial browser
3.opera - a building where musical dramas are performedopera - a building where musical dramas are performed
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
Translations
أُوبِرَاأوبرا: رِوايَة غِنائِيَّه حِواريَّه
opera
opera
oopperaoopperatalo
opera
opera
ópera
オペラ
오페라
operaoperos teatrasteatriniai žiūronai
opera
opera
operaопера
opera
โอเปร่า
opera

opera

1 [ˈɒpərə]
A. Nópera f
B. CPD opera glasses NPLgemelos mpl de teatro
opera hat Nclac m
opera house Nteatro m de la ópera
opera singer Ncantante mf de ópera

opera

[ˈɒpərə]
nopéra m
a Wagner opera → un opéra de Wagner
I like opera and chamber music → J'aime l'opéra et la musique de chambre.
modif [director, critic] → d'opéra; [lover, star] → de l'opéra opera companyopera company ncompagnie f d'opéraopera glasses npljumelles fpl de théâtreopera house nopéra mopera singer nchanteur/euse m/f d'opéra

opera

nOper f; to go to the operain die Oper gehen

opera

in cpdsOpern-;
opera company
nOpernensemble nt
opera glasses
plOpernglas nt
opera hat
opera house
nOpernhaus nt

opera

[ˈɒprə] n (work) → opera (lirica); (genre) → opera, (musica) lirica

opera

(ˈopərə) noun
a musical drama in which the dialogue is sung. an opera by Verdi.
ˌopeˈratic (-ˈrӕ-) adjective
of, or relating to, opera. an operatic society; an operatic singer.
opera glasses
binoculars for use in a theatre.
ˈopera-house noun
a theatre in which operas are performed.

opera

أُوبِرَا opera opera Oper όπερα ópera ooppera opéra opera opera オペラ 오페라 opera opera opera ópera опера opera โอเปร่า opera opera 歌剧
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They shopped, walked, rode, and called all day, went to theaters and operas or frolicked at home in the evening, for Annie had many friends and knew how to entertain them.
Harling used to play the old operas for us--'Martha,' `Norma,' `Rigoletto'--telling us the story while she played.
But he who dodges hospitals and jails, and walks fast crossing grave-yards, and would rather talk of operas than hell; calls Cowper, Young, Pascal, Rousseau, poor devils all of sick men; and throughout a care-free lifetime swears by Rabelais as passing wise, and therefore jolly; --not that man is fitted to sit down on tomb-stones, and break the green damp mould with unfathomably wondrous Solomon.
One in fifty of those who attend our operas likes it already, perhaps, but I think a good many of the other forty-nine go in order to learn to like it, and the rest in order to be able to talk knowingly about it.
She trifled away half an hour at the piano; and played, in that time, selections from the Songs of Mendelssohn, the Mazurkas of Chopin, the Operas of Verdi, and the Sonatas of Mozart -- all of whom had combined together on this occasion and produced one immortal work, entitled "Frank.
I am ready to go with Annie to operas, concerts, exhibitions, all kinds of places; and you shall never find that I am tired.
I saw her often at Richmond, I heard of her often in town, and I used often to take her and the Brandleys on the water; there were picnics, fete days, plays, operas, concerts, parties, all sorts of pleasures, through which I pursued her - and they were all miseries to me.
He has composed two or three comic operas, written four or five articles in the Siecle, and voted five or six years on the ministerial side.
Why, I can enjoy seven operas, while you are listening; to one
The marquis said that among light operas his favorite was the Gazza Ladra.
and not "he loves me," since an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English- speaking audiences.
And they had also brought pianos and guitars, and they played and sang operas, while the plebeian paper-lanterned gondolas from the suburbs and the back alleys crowded around to stare and listen.