[op-er-uh seer-ee-uh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah se-ryah]
- 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
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- 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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