Pronunciation: (op'ur-u sēr'ē-u, op'ru; It.ô'pe-rä se'ryä), [key]
—pl. o•pe•ra se•rias, o•pe•ras se•ria, It. o•pe•re se•riePronunciation: (ô'pe-re se'rye). [key]
Italian dramatic opera of the 18th century based typically on a classical subject and characterized by extensive use of the aria da capo and recitative.
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