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 for Opera seria
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Opera \Op"er*a\ ([o^]p"[~e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work,
     composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains,
     work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op['e]ra. See
     1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an
        essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting
        of recitative, arias, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with
        orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes,
        together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a
        lyric drama.
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     2. The score of a musical drama, either written or in print;
        a play set to music.
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     3. The house where operas are exhibited.
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     Opera bouffe [F. op['e]ra opera + bouffe comic, It. buffo],
     Opera buffa [It.], light, farcical, burlesque opera.
     Opera box, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium
        of an opera house for the use of a small private party.
     Opera comique [F.], comic or humorous opera.
     Opera flannel, a light flannel, highly finished. --Knight.
     Opera girl or Opera girls (Bot.), an East Indian plant
        ({Mantisia saltatoria) of the Ginger family, sometimes
        seen in hothouses. It has curious flowers which have some
        resemblance to a ballet dancer, whence the popular name.
        Called also dancing girls.
     Opera glass, a short telescope with concave eye lenses of
        low power, usually made double, that is, with a tube and
        set of glasses for each eye; a lorgnette; -- so called
        because adapted for use at the opera, theater, etc.
     Opera hat, a gentleman's folding hat.
     Opera house, specifically, a theater devoted to the
        performance of operas.
     Opera seria [It.], serious or tragic opera; grand opera.
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