Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, related to, or typical of the opera: an operatic aria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, related to, or typical of opera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the opera or to operas; characteristic of, suitable for, or resembling, the opera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, appropriate to, designed for, or resembling opera: as, an operatic air.
  • Working; productive; operative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of opera

Etymologies

From opera1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • People are never equal to the romance of their youth in after life, except by fits, and Ferris especially could not keep himself at what he called the operatic pitch of their brief betrothal and the early days of their marriage.

    A Foregone Conclusion

  • In a second, tremendous picture, Domingo sits in operatic darkness; his eyes, with a tragic gleam, are the subject.

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  • "Blackbird" (which is arguably not a love song) sung in operatic voice is a little out of bounds for me, but overall, von Otter and Mehldau's partnership is full of fresh ideas.

    Shawn Amos: PLAY > SKIP: New Music for Oct. 26

  • The recurring themes in my work --explosion, velocity, spectacle--have an energy that might be termed "operatic."

    Lesley Dill: Opera Chicks: Artists E.V. Day and Lesley Dill Interview Each Other About Opera

  • He knew the repertoire, and his works abound in operatic references.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • There's been an interesting mini-trend in operatic directing in the past few months: updating 19th-century comic operas to World War II settings.

    We'll Meet Again

  • He excelled in making these voices speak and sing; and he may, therefore, be entitled the father of the romantic and descriptive school in German operatic music.

    The Great German Composers

  • Then there are tunes that might be called "operatic escapees" - melodies heard so often, and in so many places, that they've earned a life of their own, independent of the operas for which they were created, to the point that they're barely associated with opera at all.

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  • VINCERE * 1/2 -- This overwrought -- I mean "operatic" -- look at one of the famously randy Benito Mussolini's mistresses -- is pitched at a wildly dramatic level.

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  • I like your reference to Ropion's florals as "operatic" - it definitley applies to Carnal Flower as well, which I like though haven't worn enough times to review yet.

    Une Fleur de Cassie

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