Definition of grand opera in English:

grand opera


  • 1An opera on a serious theme in which the entire libretto (including dialogue) is sung.

    • ‘The rest of the set is full of party pieces with exhilarating recordings of the Bizet suites, overtures by Hérold, Auber, Thomas and the obligatory ballet music by Gounod and Berlioz from the grand operas.’
    • ‘The opera laid the historical groundwork for Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina and a host of ensuing historically-based Russian grand operas.’
    • ‘Although Der Cid has elements in common with Lohengrin, it can stand independently as one of the most remarkable German grand operas of the day.’
    • ‘What appealed to you enough about Columbus to write two grand operas about him?’
    • ‘Donizetti had already written two grand operas for Paris, Les Martyrs and La Favorite, but Dom Sébastien is his grandest and longest (four hours, including intervals, at Covent Garden).’
    • ‘The people love their cities - the concerts in the park in summer, the grand operas, the canals along the promenade where children sail gaily colored toy boats.’
    • ‘The director is John Caird, whose experience in the ‘straight’ theatre encourages him to give an unusually uncluttered, economical and direct account of this grandest of grand operas.’
    • ‘The festival has staged everything from grand operas to modern Broadway and West End shows and has also provided a forum for original shows.’
    • ‘It has all the elements of a grand opera with a historically spectacular plot, good characterization, some memorable musical moments and taxing roles for its main characters.’
    • ‘Though it is not a grand opera, it is by no means a weak work and when Handel presented in Dublin (in concert form as a serenata) it went down a storm.’
    • ‘Verdi originally conceived it as a grand opera in French for Paris, in 1855, with a libretto by Scribe and Duveyrier.’
    • ‘This opera certainly deserves to be performed more than it is, although its length as a grand opera probably gives companies pause.’
    • ‘Though Zhang has never directed a ballet before, he has crossed over into different performing art forms on other projects, as in 1997 and 1998, when he directed the grand opera Turandot in Italy and in Beijing's Forbidden City.’
    • ‘He later likened taking the post to becoming ‘the impresario of a two-billion-dollar grand opera with thousands of temperamental stars in all walks of life.’’
    • ‘It is only the first of the delights of this enjoyable set that Carmen is here restored as a grand opera.’
    • ‘In 1927 Sauguet also started to work on his first grand opera La Chartreuse de Parme, based on Stendhal's great novel, which he was not to finish until 1936.’
    • ‘Within two years he produced his first grand opera, Rienzi.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The genre of grand opera.
      • ‘Dvoák stayed with the theatre orchestra until the summer of 1871, acquiring a solid knowledge of French grand opera, operetta, Verdi, and Mozart.’
      • ‘Other notable masters of 19th century bel-canto and grand opera are Bellini, Meyerbeer, Weber, Gounod and Massenet.’
      • ‘Grand opera - even Wagnerian grand opera - deals in large, as opposed to detailed, meanings.’
      • ‘Like all composers of French grand opera, Halévy aimed to please with a total entertainment on a lavish scale.’
      • ‘The selections run the gamut from folk song through musical theatre to grand opera.’
      • ‘A strong revisionist case is at last being made for Parisian grand opera, which triumphed in circumstances where Berlioz and Wagner signally failed.’
      • ‘Their repertoire covers everything from grand opera to show tunes and folk songs.’
      • ‘The ensuing scene with the vassals is pure 19th century grand opera and comes over very well, helped by the superb Bayreuth chorus and Brinkmann's strong Hagen.’
      • ‘Why do you compose grand opera, now here in the 21st century?’
      • ‘An exciting development in recent musical scholarship is the proper revaluation of French grand opera.’
      • ‘He is a research specialist in nineteenth-century French grand opera.’
      • ‘The music was ‘very plain, with a colloquial flavor,’ he wrote, ‘closer to musical theater than to grand opera.’’
      • ‘After all, it's directed by Ian Talbot, who has done everything from grand opera to Royal Shakespeare Company blockbusters, and he has already told her that she has both stage presence and good timing.’
      • ‘Wagner's last opera is heavy with guilt, redemption and magic, and by the end of the first act I was ready to dismiss it as so much religious mumbo-jumbo dressed up in the ludicrous conventions of grand opera.’
      • ‘A Juilliard graduate, she seems capable of taking on any role or style, from cabaret to grand opera.’
      • ‘The new theatre (by Barry) opened in 1858 has been the principal home in England of grand opera.’
      • ‘Maybe, as in grand opera or sports broadcasting, we need to wave our hands around a lot.’
      • ‘Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus goes from grand opera to a personal quest for fulfilment.’
      • ‘There is a lot of grand opera and a lot of West End musical but not much in the middle ground.’


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