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opera
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
  • That is what I like; though I have heard most things—been at the opera in Vienna: Gluck, Mozart, everything of that sort.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (51% in)
  • "Oh, he's a dangerous young sprig, that Mr. Ladislaw," said Mrs. Cadwallader, "with his opera songs and his ready tongue.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (54% in)
  • Nothing, had done instead—not the opera, or the converse of zealous politicians, or the flattering reception (in dim corners) of his new hand in leading articles.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (71% in)

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