Pronunciation: (op'ur-u, op'ru), [key]
1. an extended dramatic composition, in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment, that usually includes arias, choruses, and recitatives, and that sometimes includes ballet. Cf. comic opera, grand opera.
2. the form or branch of musical and dramatic art represented by such compositions.
3. the score or the words of such a composition.
4. a performance of one: to go to the opera.
5. (sometimes cap.) an opera house or resident company: the Paris Opera.
Pronunciation: (ō'pur-u, op'ur-u), [key]
—n. Chiefly Music.
a pl. of opus.
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