opera

Definitions

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    It Does Not Take Opera Music to Get People To Heaven 027
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n opera a building where musical dramas are performed
    • n Opera a commercial browser
    • n opera a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of TV, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder
    • Opera A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting of recitative, arias, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes, together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a lyric drama.
    • Opera The house where operas are exhibited.
    • Opera The score of a musical drama, either written or in print; a play set to music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Melba toast is named after an Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba
    • n opera A form of extended dramatic composition in which music is an essential and predominant factor; a musical drama, or a drama in music. ; ; . The opera is one of the chief forms of musical art; on many grounds it is claimed to be the culminating musical form. At least it affords opportunity for the application of nearly every known resource of musical effect. Its historical beginning was doubtless in the musical declamation of the Greeks, especially in connection with their dramatic representations. The idea of a musical drama was perpetuated during the middle ages under the humble guise of mysteries or miracle-plays, in which singing was an accessory. The modern development began in Italy near the close of the sixteenth century, when an attempt was made to revive the ancient melodic declamation, an attempt which led directly to the discovery and establishment of monody and harmony in the place of the medieval counterpoint, of the recitative and the aria as definite methods of composition, and of instrumentation as an independent element in musical works. The modern opera involves the following distinct musical constituents, combined in various ways: recitatives, musical declamations, mainly epic or dramatic in character, with or without extended accompaniment
    • n opera The score or words of a musical drama, either printed or in manuscript; a libretto.
    • n opera A theater where operas are performed; an opera-house.
    • n opera The administration, revenue, and property of an Italian church or parish.
    • n opera Specifically, a ballad-opera (see def. 1).
    • n opera Plural of opus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Chicago, it is illegal to take a french poodle to the opera.
    • n Opera op′ėr-a a musical drama: a place where operas are performed
    • adj Opera used in or for an opera, as an opera-glass, &c
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Quotations

  • Boy George
    Boy George
    “If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Bed is the poor man's opera.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “You couldn't tell if she was dressed for an opera or an operation.”
  • Sir Edward Appleton
    Sir Edward Appleton
    “I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.”
  • Edward Gardner
    Edward Gardner
    “Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.”
  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. opera, work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera, pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. opéra,. See Operate

Usage

In literature:

I am Miss Donne; I am studying to be an opera-singer, and I came here for advice.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
I must be present at a rehearsal of that opera.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
We have a box at the opera, which, is close by (for nothing), and sit there when we please, as in our own drawing-room.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Aunty Van is having an opera party to-morrow night, and she wants you to go.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
It is a shame for you to sacrifice it just to hear grand opera, Miss Bonner.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The overcoat is an Inverness of black cheviot, lined with satin and without sleeves, and the hat a crush opera.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Bellini wrote operas; Mozart wrote superoperas.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Coon songs are almost as popular with the best of them as grand opera, and more readily appreciated.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Two years later his first opera, "The Marriage of Camecho," was given at the Berlin Opera.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It seems to matter less, in the case of this opera than of Wagner's other operas, that one should be able to distinguish the motifs.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
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In poetry:

Your operas' stifled music
Contains no songs for me,—
I want the vibrant breezes,
The anthems of the sea.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
The brilliant candle dazed the moth well:
One day she sang to her Papa
The air that MARIE sings with BOTHWELL
In NEIDERMEYER'S opera.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When I was a boy at college,
Filling up with classic knowledge,
Frequently I wondered why
Old Professor Demas Bently
Used to praise so eloquently
"Opera Horatii."
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field
See, TINTORETTA to the opera goes!
Haste, or the crowd will not permit our bows ;
In her the glory of the heav'ns we view,
Her eyes are star-like, and her mantle blue.
"Tuesday, St. James's Coffee-House" by Mary Wortley Montagu
A very young flounder, the flattest of flats,
(And they 're none of them thicker than opera hats,)
Was speaking more freely than charity taught
Of a friend and relation that just had been caught.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A rainy night in camp! with the blazing logs before us,
Let the wolf howl in the forest and the loon scream on the lake,
Turn them loose, the wild performers of Nature's Opera Chorus
And ask if Civilization can sweeter music make.
"A Rainy Day In Camp" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Think you know your Verdi operas.
After 45 years, Marta Becket is preparing to close her show at Amargosa Opera House.
Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio at Napa Valley Opera House.
What's cooking in the Napa Valley Opera House Jazz Kitchen this week.
Parable Play Opens Opera Contemporary Series.
More 'Ado' For Opera By Berlioz .
Opera Idaho singers perform at Beside Bardenay Oct 18.
The best of all possible operas.
Les Misérables continues through January 1 at the Winspear Opera House.
Opera Review Opera Theater of St Louis.
The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre is one of the few chosen schools with the rights to put on The Phantom of the Opera in its entirety.
Kentucky Opera opens its 2010-2011 season with two one-act operas: Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci.
Take Cecilia Bartoli, who sold out Carnegie Hall last week with a concert that more or less duplicated her new Decca recital disc, Opera Proibita ("Forbidden Opera").
Harvey 's compositions have been featured at the BBC Proms in London, English National Opera, and the Dutch Opera.
Joseph McClain, left, artistic director of Opera San Miguel, coaches Lorena Flores Ruiz, one of the finalists in the Opera San Miguel contest on March 3 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
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In science:

According to the CERN PS and SPS upgrade studies , the CNGS beam intensity could be improved by a factor 1.5, allowing for more sensitive neutrino oscillation searches for the OPERA experiment.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
Figure 3: Expected sensitivity on θ13 mixing angle (matter effects and CP violation effects not included) for MINOS, OPERA and for the next T2K experiment, compared to the Chooz exclusion plot, from .
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
By scanning only ”wrong sign” muons as those coming from τ decays, the scanning load is expected to be comparable with that in OPERA.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
Guler et al. [OPERA Collaboration], “OPERA: An appearance experiment to search for νµ → ντ oscillations in the CNGS beam.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
The main goal of OPERA is to find the ντ appearance by direct detection of the τ lepton from ντ CC interactions.
The Opera Experiment
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