Definition of verismo in English:


Pronunciation /vəˈrizmō/ /ve-/ /vəˈrizmoʊ/


  • 1Realism in the arts, especially late 19th-century Italian opera.

    ‘The end of the book includes a short glossary of terms to help readers with certain concepts such as bel canto, leitmotif and verismo.’
    • ‘First, most of them reject verismo and melodrama.’
    • ‘Roberto Rizzi Brignoli is a pupil of verismo's late master, Gianandrea Gavazzeni.’
    • ‘Tosca, of course, is a stunner, and verismo at its melodramatic best.’
    • ‘Its setting is the Passion cycle, and the grisly subject matter perfectly suits the artist's verismo style.’
    1. 1.1Verismo as a genre of opera, as composed principally by Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo.
      as modifier ‘a splendid verismo tenor’
      • ‘These verismo pieces are more difficult than many people realise.’
      • ‘The saving grace to the whole artistic endeavour is that the works are classic verismo operas with sky-high true-life grit.’
      • ‘Essentially a lyric soprano with coloratura capabilities, she was at home in both Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as in bel canto and verismo.’
      • ‘Mahler had completed his first three symphonies, and Mascagni and Leoncavallo were creating new orchestral colours in their verismo operas.’
      • ‘Enrico Caruso was the voice of choice for verismo composers.’
      • ‘In their place, courtesy of Paul Brown's designs, was the verismo of early twentieth-century Italian rustica.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he still can tear passion to tatters in the verismo arias.’
      • ‘But peasants had made it to centre stage even in the opera house, and operatic verismo would become an established form.’
      • ‘As befits a verismo opera, Puccini's work is rooted in the real Rome rather than in that of the imagination.’