Definition of operatics in English:


plural noun

often treated as singular
  • 1The production or performance of operas.

    ‘In his Who's Who entry, Mr Hughes lists his recreations as ‘music, amateur operatics, walking and reading’.’
    • ‘Her love for amateur operatics and dramatics has also led to fascinating work as a dresser for the Good Old Days, Opera North and the Northern Ballet.’
    • ‘‘Pete’ explores the bizarre nature of operatics, in its short gestation it seems to dig into ‘Barber of Seville’ as done by Viv Stanshall in a parallel universe.’
    • ‘For the sake of comparison, think of the operatics of Josephine Foster, only a little more soothing and seething.’
    • ‘That evening we had chess, bridge, operatics, introduction to professional massage, and the Twirlettes.’
    • ‘Having successful cricket, rugby, football teams, amateur operatics, numerous groups, clubs etc, etc what needs ‘regenerating’?’
    • ‘Claire and I are both interested in amateur operatics, which is how we met, and I belong to Gravesend Operatic at the Woodville Halls.’
    1. 1.1Theatrically exaggerated or overemotional behavior.
      ‘It's two-and-a-half hours of Cold War politics and recitative operatics!’
      • ‘Nicely enunciated and charming, between rock operatics and gut wrenching roars, this is quite a talent.’
      • ‘The cinematic fusion of Western urban action and Chinese fight operatics is further anchored by the charisma of mainland China real-life fighter and super-star Jet Li.’
      • ‘Vocally they veer between manic and mannered, at times verging on hysterical operatics, while their rigid riffs resemble uncoordinated robots trying to play disco.’
      • ‘It was a really well hidden spot but Mara's theological operatics obviously gave us away.’
      • ‘Cheesy operatics are the order of the day, as a shuffling 125 bpm beat almost makes you want to start wiggling your hips.’
      • ‘From the very start of the record it becomes clear that this will be no radical third album, and will definitely not involve conceptual rock operatics.’
      • ‘Like a ghost lost between digital static and analog confusion, LaFontaine wails on guitar, operatics shooting from her tortured throat.’
      • ‘He does, however, have a remarkable range of voices, from scary metal bellow, to grand operatics, to something approximating David Bowie in a digital dungeon.’
      • ‘The groundwork laid out by Jupiter in 2000, Cave In worms further into the dark underbelly of esoteric Pink Floyd-esque rock operatics.’
      • ‘Meg's ‘In The Cold, Cold Night’ is a campfire song to make the blood chill, while Jack verges on glam operatics on ‘There's No Home For You Here’.’
      • ‘He makes a lot of stops - eerie operatics, cornball cabaret with Marianne Faithfull, pensive balladry and earnest, plain-faced piano-man pop.’
      • ‘Roxie Hart is about as far away as one can get from the earnest soap operatics of Kitty Foyle.’
      • ‘The drumming is every bit as good as the guitar and bass. ‘Endlessly’ too, is a welcome change from the bombastic operatics, as Matt brings it all down, swooning over a drifting, two tone synth, backed by a simple, lamenting tin-beat.’
      • ‘In ‘Summertime,’ sung with an exquisite teetering between the operatics of the written score and jazz inspiration, Hendricks shows that her operatic voice is as gorgeous as ever.’



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