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grand opera

a serious, usually tragic, opera in which most of the text is set to music.
Origin of grand opera
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In his endeavour to treat the grand-opera form honestly he accepted as his musical models several of his predecessors.

  • He is one of the greatest 'cellists we have, and is married to Madame Concetta Doria, the grand-opera singer.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • Mrs. Stuart had visited Egypt before, but to Grace it was like a glimpse of grand-opera land, a scene from "Aida."

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • There were things in that bag I couldn't have believed existed out of a museum or a grand-opera property-room.

  • “Mr. Fairfax is giving a luncheon for two of the grand-opera people,” she explained.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • The brown thrasher, that grand-opera singer who loves a tree-top and an audience, has a more brilliant song.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The grand-opera folk indulge themselves to the limit, invariably at the expense of the beneficent impresario.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • I am 142 very conscious of this difference, and I feel as though I had started to sing aloud before a group of grand-opera stars.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • "That is another angle of the grand-opera proposition, Mawruss," Abe said.

    Worrying Won't Win Montague Glass
  • Stella Wing, who would have been a grand-opera star except for her drive to know everything about language.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for grand-opera

grand opera

an opera that has a serious plot and is entirely in musical form, with no spoken dialogue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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