Definition of semi-opera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌseˌmēˈäp(ə)rə/ Pronunciation: /ˌsemˌī-/


A drama or similar entertainment with a substantial proportion of vocal music in addition to instrumental movements.
Example sentences
  • His Psyche of 1675 is an important forerunner of the semi-operas later taken up by Purcell and others.
  • None of these were strictly semi-operas, but the spoken word continued to exert a strong influence.
  • After the Restoration the masque transferred to the professional theatre, where its tradition continued in Purcell's semi-operas.

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Syllabification: sem·i-op·er·a

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