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1. Verism.
2. An artistic movement of the late 1800s, originating in Italy and influential especially in grand opera, marked by the use of rural characters and common, everyday themes often treated in a melodramatic manner.

[Italian; see verism.]
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(vɛˈrɪzməʊ; Italian veˈrismo)
(Classical Music) music a school of composition that originated in Italian opera towards the end of the 19th century, drawing its themes from real life and emphasizing naturalistic elements. Its chief exponent was Puccini
[C19: from Italian; see verism]
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(vəˈrɪz moʊ, -ˈriz-)

a style of 19th-century Italian opera typically stressing verism of setting and character.
[1905–10; < Italian]
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verismo, verism

the artistic use of commonplace, everyday, and contemporary material in opera, especially some 20th-century Italian and French works, as Louise. — verist, n., adj. — veristic, adj.
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Verismo has many parallels with real life so it's easy to relate to.
Today, almost a century and a quarter since the premiere of Madama Butterfly in 1904, the startling realism or 'verismo' of Puccini's portrayal remains relevant.
Later, he successfully developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.
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And he travelled this road further than all the verismo composers put together.
It is known to be a verismo opera representing the romantic period.
Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera North, Theatre Royal The verismo (realism) movement in 19th century Italian writing created literature from unsentimentalised, down-home tales of ordinary folk, combining the everyday with the often surprisingly sensational.
Pagliacci, one of the first verismo operas, relies dramatically on its setting among ordinary people and the conflict between real and acted life.
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It's wonderful to remember that none other than Puccini attended its premiere in 1912, and he would have understood so much the verismo of the pain behind the clown's mask.