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  • Hector Berlioz Paris, France 1863 & 1890Opera hardly comes more grand than Berlioz's five-act retelling of Virgil's Aeneid: 22 roles, a huge orchestra, large chorus, ballet, battles, bloodshed and high emotion.

    Top 50 operas

  • Giuseppe Verdi Paris, France, 1867Known in both its French and Italian versions, this enormous five-act work based on Schiller shows Verdi at the height of his powers.

    Top 50 operas

  • To complete the act, Mr. Phillips wrote a five-act tragedy featuring a British king named Arthur, who battles a Scottish rival for the throne.

    Disney's 'Lemonade Mouth,' New Gorillaz Album

  • "Peter Stein wanted to do the long version, the five-act version," Mr. Pape continued.

    New York Gives Opera Idol His Tsar Turn

  • From that essential conflict, you can just cue up the basic, five-act narrative structure that has been a bankable formula for packing cinema multiplexes and theater houses since Shakespeare made it so popular in Elizabethan England, and going back even further than that to when it was perfected by the ancient Greeks.

    Craig Crawford: Act 5

  • It's like discussing plays and films in terms of their adherence to the five-act format or an essay in its adherence to the five-paragraph format.

    Conflict, Resolution

  • But to take a work as scented as Gounod's Faust, a five-act grand operatic plum, and strip it down to white coats takes gumption.

    Niobe, Regina di Tebe; Faust; The Makropulos Case; Fidelio

  • But I know more than a few 20-somethings -- and I'll bet you do too -- who Tweet and Facebook religiously but also love poetry and complicated novels and five-act Shakespeare plays.

    Michael Sigman: Google Isn't (Necessarily) Making Us Stupid

  • But desires can be dark and confusing, and so they prove in this five-act dance of linguistics and bodies that touches upon class, race, desire and toe-sucking without really exploring anything in any particular detail.

    The Girl in the Yellow Dress

  • My meeting with the dean turned into a five-act play, complete with lengthy intermissions whenever her son called.

    Lifted

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