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opera seria

[op-er-uh seer-ee-uh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah se-ryah] /ˈɒp ər ə ˈsɪər i ə, ˈɒp rə; Italian ˈɔ pɛ rɑ ˈsɛ ryɑ/
noun, plural opera serias, operas seria Italian, opere serie
[aw-pe-re se-rye] /ˈɔ pɛ rɛ ˈsɛ ryɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Italian dramatic opera of the 18th century based typically on a classical subject and characterized by extensive use of the aria da capo and recitative.
Origin of opera seria
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian: literally, serious opera
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  • The orchestra is treated quite otherwise than in the opera seria.

  • They want to have a German opera seria soon—and they wish me to compose it.

  • The singers available for opera seria were not by any means of the first rank.

  • The growth of the azione sacra kept pace with that of the opera seria.

  • We find traces throughout of the opera seria, which Mozart had abandoned long ago, but which he was constrained here to resume.

  • As a rule, it was only performed once; and took the second rank after the opera seria.

  • They were built on the conventional plan of the Italian opera seria of the time.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • He leapt into fame with 'Tancredi,' which was produced in 1813 and established his reputation as a composer of opera seria.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • AS Rossini found the opera seria of his day too serious, so he found the opera buffa too broadly comic.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Even the independent opera buffa preserved much of this parodying reference to the opera seria.

British Dictionary definitions for opera seria

opera seria

/ˈsɪərɪə; Italian ˈopera ˈsɛːrja/
noun (pl) opere serie (Italian) (ˈopere ˈsɛːrje)
1.
a type of opera current in 18th-century Italy based on a serious plot, esp a mythological tale
Word Origin
from Italian: serious opera
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