Definition of semi-opera in English:

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semi-opera

noun

A drama or similar entertainment with a substantial proportion of vocal music in addition to instrumental movements: Purcell’s four highly successful semi-operas
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  • 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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