grand opera


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grand opera

n.
1. A serious or tragic opera for which the entire text is set to music.
2. A lavishly produced opera.

grand opera

n
(Classical Music) an opera that has a serious plot and is entirely in musical form, with no spoken dialogue

grand′ op′era


n.
a serious, usu. tragic, opera.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grand opera - opera in which all the text is sung
opera - a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
Translations

grand opera

nopera lirica
References in classic literature ?
Monseigneur had been out at a little supper last night, where the Comedy and the Grand Opera were charmingly represented.
He was driven on, and other carriages came whirling by in quick succession; the Minister, the State-Projector, the Farmer-General, the Doctor, the Lawyer, the Ecclesiastic, the Grand Opera, the Comedy, the whole Fancy Ball in a bright continuous flow, came whirling by.
An illusion that won't convince is a palpable lie, and that's what grand opera is to me when little Barillo throws a fit, clutches mighty Tetralani in his arms (also in a fit), and tells her how passionately he adores her."
It is used to call the duck-shooters in Western Canada when a flock of birds has arrived; and to direct the movements of the Dragon in Wagner's grand opera "Siegfried." At the last Yale-Harvard football game, it conveyed almost instantaneous news to fifty thousand people in various parts of New England.
Every half minute he chanted a harsh, unintelligible phrase akin to the jabber of car conductors and grand opera. And not only did he withhold a card this time, but it seemed to Rudolf that he received from the shining and massive black countenance a look of cold, almost contemptuous disdain.
I have promised to escort to the Academie a Greek princess of my acquaintance who has never seen your grand opera, and who relies on me to conduct her thither."
Returning from one of Mozart's grand operas, splendidly performed at the Royal Theatre, he looked over his own, played a few of the best parts, sat staring at the busts of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and bach, who stared benignly back again.
Eamonn McColgan was convicted of fraud by abuse of his position at Belfast's Grand Opera House after siphoning the money into accounts in his name.
He was aided by the English libretto which brought the humour of the original bang up to date, breaking the fourth wall in panto style "really, this is grand opera not Coronation Street."
THE VERSION OF GRAND OPERA created by African American composer Harry Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) proved to be revolutionary in melding the well established Western European musical practice of opera with the local culture for which his works were composed.
Manila Grand Opera Hotel, which turns 10 this year, offers luxe accommodations in the center of historic Manila.