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verismo

Syllabification: ve·ris·mo
Pronunciation: /vəˈrizmō, ve-
 
/

Definition of verismo in English:

noun

1Realism in the arts, especially late 19th-century Italian opera.
Example sentences
  • The end of the book includes a short glossary of terms to help readers with certain concepts such as bel canto, leitmotif and verismo.
  • First, most of them reject verismo and melodrama.
  • Roberto Rizzi Brignoli is a pupil of verismo's late master, Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
1.1Verismo as a genre of opera, as composed principally by Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo.
Example sentences
  • These verismo pieces are more difficult than many people realise.
  • The saving grace to the whole artistic endeavour is that the works are classic verismo operas with sky-high true-life grit.
  • Essentially a lyric soprano with coloratura capabilities, she was at home in both Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as in bel canto and verismo.

Origin

Italian.

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