- opening time,
- opera buffa,
- opera cloak,
- opera glass,
- opera glasses,
- opera hat
Origin of opera1
noun Chiefly Music.
noun, plural o·pus·es or especially for 1, 2, o·pe·ra [oh-per-uh, op-er-uh] /ˈoʊ pər ə, ˈɒp ər ə/.
Origin of opus
Examples from the Web for opera
It has always featured the very best voices and employed the most sophisticated stagecraft of any opera house.
Her story, and that of her composer, so unlike those of any other opera, have a drama of all their own.
The opera is a dark and passionate tale of adultery and greed.
He had married, and had an affair, while he was writing Lady Macbeth, and the opera was alive with sexuality.
The Met has the First Amendment right to present this opera, and people certainly have a similar right to attend.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’|Rudy Giuliani|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nan proposed to be our opera ticket buyer, as she is the most interested, but her mother objected.The Four Corners Abroad|Amy Ella Blanchard
It takes you three hours and a half to hear and enjoy an opera.Sylvie and Bruno|Lewis Carroll
Every one had been encored, and bouquets had already been thrown to the prima donna of the Berlin opera.
I am not merely to write an act for an opera, but an entire one in two acts.The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vol. 1|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
One day I went to the opera, and had a seat in the parquette.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
Word Origin for opera
noun plural opuses or opera (ˈɒpərə)
Word Origin for opus
"a drama sung" [Klein], 1640s, from Italian opera, literally "a work, labor, composition," from Latin opera "work, effort" (Latin plural regarded as feminine singular), secondary (abstract) noun from operari "to work," from opus (genitive operis) "a work" (see opus). Defined in "Elson's Music Dictionary" as, "a form of musical composition evolved shortly before 1600, by some enthusiastic Florentine amateurs who sought to bring back the Greek plays to the modern stage."
No good opera plot can be sensible. ... People do not sing when they are feeling sensible. [W.H. Auden, 1961]
As a branch of dramatic art, it is attested from 1759. First record of opera glass "small binoculars for use at the theater" is from 1738. Soap opera is first recorded 1939, as a disparaging reference to daytime radio dramas sponsored by soap manufacturers.
"a work, composition," especially a musical one, 1809, from Latin opus "a work, labor, exertion" (source of Italian opera, French oeuvre, Spanish obra), from PIE root *op- (Germanic *ob-) "to work, produce in abundance," originally of agriculture later extended to religious acts (cf. Sanskrit apas- "work, religious act;" Avestan hvapah- "good deed;" Old High German uoben "to start work, to practice, to honor;" German üben "to exercise, practice;" Dutch oefenen, Old Norse æfa, Danish øve "to exercise, practice;" Old English æfnan "to perform, work, do," afol "power"). The plural, seldom used as such, is opera.
A musical drama that is totally or mostly sung. Aïda, Carmen, and Don Giovanni are some celebrated operas. A light, comic opera is often called an operetta.