Grand opera is a genre of 19th-century opera generally in four or five acts, characterised by large-scale casts and orchestras, and (in their original productions) lavish and spectacular design and stage effects, normally with plots based on or around dramatic historic events. The term is particularly applied (sometimes specifically using in its French language equivalent grand opéra, ) to certain productions of the Paris Opéra from the late 1820s to around 1850; 'grand opéra' has sometimes been used to denote the Paris Opéra itself.
The term 'grand opera' is also used in a broader application in respect of contemporary or later works of similar monumental proportions from France, Germany, Italy and other countries.
It may also be used colloquially in an imprecise sense to refer to 'serious opera without spoken dialogue'.
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... Bartlet, M Elizabeth C "Grand opéra" in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 2 512–517, ed ... Limited, London, 1992 ISBN 978-0-935859-92-8 Charlton, David "On the nature of 'grand opera'", pp ... David, editor The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera, Cambridge University Press, 2003 ISBN 978-0-521-64683-3 Crosten, William Loren French Grand Opera an Art and a Business, King's Crown ...
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“The opera isnt over till the fat lady sings.”
A modern proverb along the lines of dont count your chickens before theyre hatched. This form of words has no precise origin, though both Bartletts Familiar Quotations (16th ed., 1992)
“Ancient of days! august Athena! where,
Where are thy men of might? thy grand in soul?
Goneglimmering through the dream of things that were.”
—George Gordon Noel Byron (17881824)