opera seria

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

noun,plural o·pe·ra se·rias, o·pe·ras se·ria, Italian o·pe·re se·rie [aw-pe-re se-rye]. /ˈɔ pɛ rɛ ˈsɛ ryɛ/.
  1. 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

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1875–80; <Italian: literally, serious opera

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opera seria

/ (ˈsɪərɪə, Italian ˈopera ˈsɛːrja) /


nounplural opere serie (Italian ˈopere ˈsɛːrje)
  1. a type of opera current in 18th-century Italy based on a serious plot, esp a mythological tale

Origin of opera seria

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from Italian: serious opera

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