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Imprecise term, generally taken to mean either (a) opera in which every note of the lib. is sung, i.e. no spoken dialogue, or (b) ‘serious’ opera as distinct from operetta. grand opéra (Fr.) means an epic or historical work in 4 or 5 acts, using large orch., the ch. and incl. a ballet.

(a) opera in which every note of the lib. is sung, i.e. no spoken dialogue, or (b) ‘serious’ opera as distinct from operetta. grand opéra (Fr.) means an epic or historical work in 4 or 5 acts, using large orch., the ch. and incl. a ballet.

Subjects: Music.


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