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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)
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
1875-80; < Italian: literally, serious opera Unabridged
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opera seria

/ˈsɪərɪə; Italian ˈopera ˈsɛːrja/
noun (pl) opere serie (Italian) (ˈopere ˈsɛːrje)
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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