Opera house

   Before the late 1880s, the word "theatre" carried unsavory connotations of cheap variety performances. Thus the grand 2,000-seat playhouses constructed in major cities during the early modernist period were labeled "opera houses," even though the fare included legitimate drama as well as musicals, minstrel companies, and lectures.
   See also Architecture; Gallery; Parquette.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

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  • Opera house — Opera Op er*a ([o^]p [ e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op[ e]ra. See {Operate}.] 1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opera House — (Сеул,Южная Корея) Категория отеля: 1 звездочный отель Адрес: 160, Bon dong, Dongjak Gu …   Каталог отелей

  • opera house — opera houses N COUNT: oft in names An opera house is a theatre that is specially designed for the performance of operas. ...Sydney Opera House …   English dictionary

  • opera house — n a theatre where operas are performed ▪ the Sydney Opera House …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • opera house — ► NOUN ▪ a theatre for the performance of opera …   English terms dictionary

  • opera house — opera ,house noun count a theater where operas are performed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • opera house — n. a theater chiefly for the performance of operas …   English World dictionary

  • Opera house — This article is about the type of entertainment venue. For other uses, see Opera House (disambiguation). The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, by night An opera house is a theatre building used for opera performances that consists of a stage, an… …   Wikipedia

  • opera house — noun a building where musical dramas are performed • Syn: ↑opera • Derivationally related forms: ↑operatic (for: ↑opera) • Hypernyms: ↑theater, ↑theatre, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • opera house — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms opera house : singular opera house plural opera houses a theatre where operas are performed …   English dictionary

  • opera house — noun (C) a theatre where operas are performed: the Sydney Opera House …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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