Definition of opera seria in English:

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opera seria

Pronunciation: /ˈsɪərɪə/

noun

An opera (especially one of the 18th century in Italian) on a serious, usually classical or mythological theme.
Example sentences
  • Silla, the opera seria here recorded, was one of the earliest Handel created after settling in London, though oddly enough the circumstances of its first performance are obscure.
  • Convention prevented a bass like Montagnana from playing a heroic role in an opera seria, which only goes to show how remarkable William Savage's presence in Imeneo really was.
  • Two further commissions for Milan followed, the wedding serenata Ascanio in Alba in 1771 and Lucio Silla, a magnificent opera seria, in 1772.

Origin

Italian, literally 'serious opera'.

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