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opera seria

[ op-er-uh-seer-ee-uh, op-ruh; Italian aw-pe-rah se-ryah ]
/ 藞蓲p 蓹r 蓹 藞s瑟蓹r i 蓹, 藞蓲p r蓹; Italian 藞蓴 p蓻 r蓱 藞s蓻 ry蓱 /
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noun, plural o路pe路ra se路rias, o路pe路ras se路ria, Italian o路pe路re se路rie [aw-pe-re se-rye]. /藞蓴 p蓻 r蓻 藞s蓻 ry蓻/.
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.
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Origin of opera seria

1875鈥80; <Italian: literally, serious opera
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British Dictionary definitions for opera seria

opera seria
/ (藞s瑟蓹r瑟蓹, Italian 藞opera 藞s蓻藧rja) /

noun plural opere serie (Italian 藞opere 藞s蓻藧rje)
a type of opera current in 18th-century Italy based on a serious plot, esp a mythological tale

Word Origin for opera seria

from Italian: serious opera
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