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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 if the grand opera procured him no pleasure he was compensated by the orchestral performances at the Conservatoire de Musique.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • And he has written a grand opera on a mediæval theme to his own libretto.

  • Later, when she had enough saved, she would study in Vienna for grand opera!

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • This was the first grand opera written and produced by an American.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • Pagliacci is the Italian word for clowns, a decidedly unique subject for grand opera.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Coralie detests him, but it has been her ambition to sing in grand opera.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • At last I had sung in grand opera in Paris, even if only for charity!

    Geraldine Farrar Geraldine Farrar
  • There's no stopping me this side of grand opera,—that's no fable.

  • grand opera is the simultaneous presentation of most, perhaps all, of the six arts.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • Visions of Paris and its grand opera house had never left him.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
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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