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opera1 British & World English

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

opera2 British & World English

Plural form of opus.

opéra bouffe British & World English

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

opéra comique British & World English

An opera (usually in French) on a light-hearted theme, with spoken dialogue

opera in opus British & World English

A separate composition or set of compositions

opera hat British & World English

A collapsible top hat

comic opera British & World English

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

grand opera British & World English

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

light opera British & World English

Another term for operetta.

opera buffa British & World English

A comic opera (usually in Italian), especially one with characters drawn from everyday life

opera cloak British & World English

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

opera house British & World English

A theatre designed for the performance of opera

opera queen British & World English

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

opera seria British & World English

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

semi-opera British & World English

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

soap opera British & World English

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

space opera British & World English

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

opera seria New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

opera on a classical or mythological theme

ballad opera British & World 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)

number opera British & World English

An opera in which arias and other sections are clearly separable

opera glasses British & World English

Small binoculars for use at the opera or theatre

opera window British & World English

A small fixed window on a car, usually behind a rear side window

Peking opera British & World 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

magna opera in magnum opus British & World English

A work of art, music, or literature that is regarded as the most important or best work that an artist, composer, or writer has produced

operagoer British & World English

One who attends opera performances