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Opera seria

Definition and background:

Italian opera of the 18th and 19th centuries that was either heroic or tragic. serious opera, as opposed to opera Buffa. Refers to 18th-century Italian operas with plots often taken from mythology or ancient history. The hero was often played by a castrato.

For more information on the music term "Opera seria" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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