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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The Neapolitan comic intermezzo, which flourished in the 1720s, was usually in two parts, performed between the acts of an opera seria.
In one sense Toronto's Opera Atelier did treat this formally constructed opera seria as a museum piece, climaxing the company's 25th anniversary season in April with what co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski described, from the stage of the Elgin Theatre, as its first-ever period staging in North America.
Since Reinhard Strohm's magisterial collection of essays, Dramma per musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), no single hook in English has in fact captured the genre's cultural-historical breadth, much less explained its remarkable popularity and versatility.
Jack Edwards' production captures all the irreverent nose-thumbing of opera seria which is part of the story, the costumes, by students of Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University, were simply stunning, and the small period band just right.
Rushton is concerned not just with clarifying Idomeneo's mixed ancestry but also with combating stereotypes of opera seria in the mind of a twentieth-century public.
charming idea of having the Composer, beautifully sung and sensitively acted by Ruxandra Donose, become gradually reconciled to the idea of his opera seria being played simultaneously with a commedia dell'arte troupe and happily enjoying a triumph at the finale, applauded by both the seria cast (initially indignant) and the comedians (initially mocking).
For example, the chapter on the opera seria opens with what I found to be one the most cogent discussions of Metastasio and the Metastasian reforms available.
There was a lot of stand-and-sing in this Clemenza since director Chas Rad-cr-Shieber paid due obeisance throughout to Clemenza's opera seria roots.
When the first volume appeared, the tradition of treating Handel's operas as flawed products of the "defective" opera seria tradition had only begun to be seriously challenged.
The problem with opera seria is that everything happens offstage; characters have little dramatic action and express their feelings within a fairly rigid musical framework.