- an extended operatic vocal solo, usually including an aria and a recitative.
Origin of scena
1810–20; < Italian: literally, scene
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Examples from the Web for scena
Do you know, I think that it would be an excellent locale for the scena.The Young Duke
Fragments of the travertine substructions of the scena still remain.Old Rome
The scena was again burnt in the beginning of the reign of Titus, who restored it again.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.
When this letter reaches you, dear sister, my opera will be in scena, dear sister.The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vol. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The scena first appeared in print in the fall of 1805, when it was published in a collection made by Hoffmeister and Khnel.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
- a scene in an opera, usually longer than a single aria
- a dramatic vocal piece written in operatic style
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