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opera1 US English

A dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists

opera2 US English

Plural form of opus.

opera in opus US English

A separate composition or set of compositions by a particular composer, usually ordered by date of publication

opéra bouffe US English

A French comic opera, with dialogue in recitative and characters drawn from everyday life

opéra comique US English

An opera on a lighthearted theme, typically in French and with spoken dialogue

oat opera US English

= horse opera.

opera god US English

A person who portrays a god in an opera.

opera hat US English

A collapsible top hat

comic opera US English

An opera that portrays humorous situations and characters, enhanced by spoken dialogue

grand opera US English

An opera on a serious theme in which the entire libretto (including dialogue) is sung

horse opera US English

A western movie

light opera US English

Another term for operetta.

opera buffa US English

A comic opera, typically in Italian, especially one with characters drawn from everyday life

opera cloak US English

A cloak of rich material worn over evening clothes, especially by women

opera-girl US English

Archaic a girl or woman who dances in the ballet of an opera.

opera-going US English

That regularly attends operas.

opera hood US English

A hood worn with evening clothes.

opera house US English

A theater designed for the performance of opera

opera queen US English

A male homosexual who is fanatical about opera, especially one characterized as being affectedly haughty and overrefined

opera seria US English

An opera, typically one of the 18th century in Italian, on a serious, usually classical or mythological theme

rock opera US English

A work of rock music consisting of a series of songs that form a unified narrative; (also) a film or theatrical play in which rock songs provide the main narrative; a rock musical.

semi-opera US English

A drama or similar entertainment with a substantial proportion of vocal music in addition to instrumental movements

soap opera US English

A television or radio drama series dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters

space opera US English

A novel, movie, or television program set in outer space, typically of a simplistic and melodramatic nature

ballad opera US English

A theatrical entertainment popular in early 18th-century England, taking the form of a satirical play interspersed with traditional or operatic songs. The best-known example is John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1728)

chamber opera US English

An opera written for and performed by a small number of singers and musicians, and therefore suited to a relatively intimate venue.

number opera US English

An opera in which arias and other sections are clearly separable

opera-cloaked US English

Wearing an opera-cloak.

opera company US English

A group of singers and musicians who perform in an opera together

opera glasses US English

Small binoculars for use at the opera or theater

opera magica US English

Opera with a fantastic or supernatural subject.

opera singer US English

A person who sings in operas

opera window US English

A small fixed window usually behind the rear side window of an automobile

Peking opera US English

A stylized Chinese form of opera dating from the late 18th century, in which speech, singing, mime, and acrobatics are performed to an instrumental accompaniment

rescue opera US English

An opera at the end of which the hero or heroine is rescued from imprisonment, natural catastrophe, etc., by some heroic action.

opera semiseria US English

Serio-comic opera.

magna opera in magnum opus US English

A large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer

opera glass in opera glasses US English

Small binoculars for use at the opera or theater

operagoer US English

One who attends opera performances

opera companies in opera company US English

A group of singers and musicians who perform in an opera together