grand opera

  1. a serious, usually tragic, opera in which most of the text is set to music.

Origin of grand opera

First recorded in 1795–1805

Words Nearby grand opera Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use grand opera in a sentence

  • Italians gave the world grand opera, and in Sinatra, Italian culture gave the world the foremost craftsman of popular song.

    Sinatra's Unstoppable Voice | Allen Barra | December 9, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Sure—the first was just fireworks—grand-opera stuff—opens up the voice, said OLeary.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • I am 142 very conscious of this difference, and I feel as though I had started to sing aloud before a group of grand-opera stars.

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • Groener had evidently decided to make the best of the situation for he answered at once: "The grand opera house."

    Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett
  • Of grand opera even the Daily Telegraph is moved to say that "the translations are in most cases literary nightmares."

    Spirit and Music | H. Ernest Hunt
  • In the evening they attended the grand opera, at the invitation of Mr. Arbuckle, and the next morning proceeded to Strasburg.

    Down the Rhine | Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for grand opera

grand opera

  1. an opera that has a serious plot and is entirely in musical form, with no spoken dialogue

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