Definitions

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

  • n. Verism.
  • n. An artistic movement of the late 19th century, originating in Italy and influential especially in grand opera, marked by the use of rural characters and common, everyday themes often treated in a melodramatic manner.

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  • n. An artistic movement, from 19th century Italian literature and opera, in which rural and everyday people and themes were treated in an often melodramatic manner

Etymologies

Italian; see verism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The new style was called verismo, and Puccini was among its finest practitioners.

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  • Montemezzi (1875-1952) was an Italian composer of the so-called verismo school, its music characterized by sumptuous Wagnerian orchestral writing, and an integration of broad melodies with declamation suggesting the rhythm of Italian speech.

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  • Puccini was one of the first composers, in fact, to set operas about the lives of ordinary people - the narrative and compositional style called "verismo," or realism.

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  • Masterpieces of the "verismo" ( "realism") movement in 1890s Italian opera, both works expose a palette of "raw colors that get the heart and blood pumping fast," Yang says.

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  • The libretto of Doctor Atomic was greeted by a torrent of criticism in the press for its unusual use of both natural language (as lifted from primary sources, like letters and biographies) and poetry, as well as a perceived lack of "verismo" in some of the arias.

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  • It's a wonderfully pithy example of Puccini's skill as a dramatic composer, ranging from the stark verismo tragedy of Tabarro, through the tear-jerking drama of Angelica to the wonderfully engineered comedy of Schicchi.

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  • It's set in 1910, and is in the realistically grim tradition of verismo opera.

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  • His is almost a verismo Sachs, an odd description, perhaps, given that word's association with the harsh realism of later Italian opera.

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  • Williams, as the grand, 18th-century actress of the title, and Bishop, as the Principessa di Bouillon -- Adriana's competition for the affections of the Saxon count, Maurizio -- both possess the richness and vibrancy of voice to really sell the blood-and-guts verismo style of Cilea's writing.

    Review: Washington Concert Opera's 'Adriana Lecouvreur' at Lisner Auditorium

  • Pag cleverly uses a commedia dell'arte troupe to enact a verismo tragedy.

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