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  1. an extended operatic vocal solo, usually including an aria and a recitative.
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Origin of scena

1810–20; < Italian: literally, scene
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Examples from the Web for scena

Historical Examples

  • Do you know, I think that it would be an excellent locale for the scena.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Fragments of the travertine substructions of the scena still remain.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn

  • The scena was again burnt in the beginning of the reign of Titus, who restored it again.

  • When this letter reaches you, dear sister, my opera will be in scena, dear sister.

  • The scena first appeared in print in the fall of 1805, when it was published in a collection made by Hoffmeister and Khnel.

British Dictionary definitions for scena


noun plural -ne (-ˌneɪ)
  1. a scene in an opera, usually longer than a single aria
  2. a dramatic vocal piece written in operatic style
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