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Opera vs. Melodrama

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Operanoun

(music) A theatrical work, combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.

Melodramanoun

A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.

Operanoun

(music) The score for such a work.

Melodramanoun

(countable) A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks

‘the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".’;

Operanoun

A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.

Melodramanoun

Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.

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Operanoun

A company dedicated to performing such works.

Melodramanoun

Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".

Operanoun

(by extension) Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembling an opera.

Melodramanoun

an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization

Operanoun

A collection of work; lang=en.

Melodrama

In modern usage, a melodrama is a dramatic work wherein the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterization. Melodramas typically concentrate on dialogue, which is often bombastic or excessively sentimental, rather than action.

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Operanoun

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.

Operanoun

The score of a musical drama, either written or in print; a play set to music.

Operanoun

The house where operas are exhibited.

Operanoun

a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes

Operanoun

theater where opera is performed

Opera

Opera is a form of theatre in which music is a fundamental component and dramatic roles are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theatre. Such a (the literal translation of the Italian word ) is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet.

‘work’; ‘opera’;

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