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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
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But America was gradually edging up to the time of grand opera.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • This was the first grand opera written and produced by an American.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • In Chicago the first performance of grand opera was given in 1850.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • Coralie detests him, but it has been her ambition to sing in grand opera.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Son, you can take it from me there's been a regular season of grand opera.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • "I have heard you in grand opera, and in something really grand," he said.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • And he has written a grand opera on a mediæval theme to his own libretto.

  • We expect some day that he'll be singing in grand opera on the Metropolitan stage.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • There's no stopping me this side of grand opera,—that's no fable.

  • I confess to a passion for grand opera and lobster in all its forms.

    The Madness of May

    Meredith Nicholson
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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