Opera vs Theater - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between opera and theater

is that opera is (lb) a theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance while theater is a place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies, and so on.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

opera

English

(wikipedia opera)

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (lb) A theatrical work combining drama, music, song and sometimes dance.
  • (lb) The score for such a work.
  • A building designed for the performance of such works; an opera house.
  • *
  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera , the gorged dowagers,, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
  • A company dedicated to performing such works.
  • (lb) Any showy, melodramatic or unrealistic production resembing an opera.
  • A collection of work (plural of opus).
  • Derived terms

    * comic opera * grand opera * horse opera * oat opera * opera bouffe * opera comique * opera buffa * opera hat * opera house * opera seria * opera singer * opera slipper * soap opera * space opera

    See also

    * aria * ballet * masque * melodrama * musical comedy * recitative * singspiel *

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    theater

    English

    Alternative forms

    * theatre (standard spelling in all English-speaking countries except the USA)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies, and so on.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • The theater is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, it is also the return of art to life.
  • A region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war.
  • His grandfather was in the Pacific theater during the war.
  • A lecture theatre.
  • (medicine) An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.
  • This man is about to die, get him into theater at once!
  • (US) A cinema.
  • We sat in the back row of the theater and threw popcorn at the screen.
  • Drama or performance as a profession or artform.
  • I worked in the theater for twenty-five years.

    Usage notes

    * The spelling (theatre) is the main spelling in British English, with (theater) being rare. * In United States English, (theater) accounts for about 80 percent of usage in the major corpus of usage, COCA.

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