opera-seria

opera seria

[op-er-uh seer-ee-uh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah se-ryah]
noun, plural opera serias, operas seria Italian, opere serie [aw-pe-re se-rye] .
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:
1875–80; < Italian: literally, serious opera

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opera seria (ˈsɪərɪə, Italian ˈopera ˈsɛːrja)
 
n , pl opere serie
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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