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noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɒp.ər.ə/ /ˈɒp.rə/ us    /ˈɑː.pɚ.ə/
A2 a musical play in which most of the words are sung, or plays and music of this type: 'Carmen' is my favourite opera. I've never been a huge fan of opera. He goes to the opera (= to see an opera) whenever he can. an opera singer
OperaTypes of music
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