American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- Italian; see verism. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The new style was called verismo, and Puccini was among its finest practitioners.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“It's set in 1910, and is in the realistically grim tradition of verismo opera.”
“His is almost a verismo Sachs, an odd description, perhaps, given that word's association with the harsh realism of later Italian opera.”
“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.”
“Pag cleverly uses a commedia dell'arte troupe to enact a verismo tragedy.”
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