Appendix:Glossary of opera

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This is a glossary of opera.


Table of Contents: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


A[edit]

aria
aria di sorbetto
arioso

B[edit]

bel canto
breeches role
burletta

C[edit]

cabaletta
cadenza 
A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
cantabile
castrato
cavatina
chest voice
claque
coloratura 
Florid or fancy passages in vocal music.
comprimario
convenienze
coup de glotte

D[edit]

da capo aria
diva 
Any female celebrity, usually a well known singer or actress.
duodrama

E[edit]

entr'acte

F[edit]

fach
falsetto 
The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing.
fioritura

G[edit]

gesamtkunstwerk

H[edit]

head voice

I[edit]

intermezzo 
A short piece of music or act in the interval of the main spectacle.

K[edit]

kammersänger

L[edit]

leitmotif 
A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
legato
libretto 
The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
literaturoper

M[edit]

mad scene
maestro
melodrama 
In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
monodrama 
A play in the form of a monologue.
messa di voce

O[edit]

opera house

P[edit]

passaggio
portamento
prima donna
prompter

R[edit]

recitative 
A dialogue, in an opera etc, that, rather than being sung as an aria, is reproduced with the rhythms of normal speech, often with simple musical accompaniment or harpsichord continuo; serves to expound the plot
regietheater
répétiteur
ritornello

S[edit]

sitzprobe
spinto
sprechgesang
squillo
stagione
surtitles

T[edit]

tessitura
timbre

V[edit]

vibrato 
The musical effect or technique where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound.